SOURCE: Randgold Resources Ld

November 28, 2011 02:01 ET

Tongon issues will impact Randgold's Q4 production

JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwire - Nov 28, 2011) -

RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED
Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands
Reg. No. 62686
LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
Nasdaq Trading Symbol: GOLD


TONGON ISSUES WILL IMPACT RANDGOLD'S Q4 PRODUCTION

London, 28 November 2011 - Randgold Resources ('Randgold') today
reported a series of setbacks at its Tongon mine in Cote d'Ivoire which
will have a negative impact on its production for the fourth quarter of
this year.

As anticipated, Q3's difficult operating conditions in the pit, due to
the wet weather and mining through transitional ore, persisted into
Q4. The situation was exacerbated by a number of other factors.
During the week of 21 November, the mine experienced a temporary work
stoppage during the course of negotiating a mine level agreement with
the newly established union. At the same time, the change-over from
diesel-generated power to the Cote d'Ivoire's national grid proved to
be more complex than originally thought and resulted in significant
downtime. Subject to some further synchronisation and operational
coordination, the connection process is now almost complete. Operating
conditions in the pit have also improved considerably with the
cessation of the rainy season.

In an unrelated subsequent event, the mine suffered a major failure of
the barring gear on its No 1 mill last Friday. This caused management
to shut down the No 2 mill as well in the interests of personnel safety
and to protect the mill from a similar failure while advice was sought
from the equipment supplier and consultants. In the meantime, a spare
barring gear was ordered from the company's Loulo complex in Mali under
its group strategic spares plan. It is expected that the No 2 mill
will be restarted by Tuesday once the integrity of its barring gear has
been verified. The No 1 mill has to await the arrival of the spare
gear from Loulo and an inspection by the equipment suppliers and it
could take up to 10 days before it is brought back on line.

Management has acted promptly to remedy these issues and minimise their
impact on production but their compounding effect will have a negative
impact on the mine's Q4 production.

At Loulo, meanwhile, the mine has experienced lower production than
forecast in the quarter as a result of the carryover of the delay in
thein-pit miningsequence at Gounkoto as well as some downtime
associated with the tie-in of the new tailings pipeline and the 3rd
mill expansion programme. However, the recent performance of the Loulo
/Gounkoto complex has shown significant progress towards getting back
in line with its Q4 production forecast.

Against this background, Randgold believes a revision of its 2011
production guidance is warranted. It now expects group production for
the year to drop to a range from 690 000 to 700 000 ounces, which still
represents a significant increase over 2010.

Randgold Resources enquiries:

Chief Executive  Financial Director  Investor & Media Relations

Dr Mark Bristow  Graham Shuttleworth Kathy du Plessis

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+44 779 775 2288 +44 779 771 1338    Email:  randgoldresources@dpapr.com 

Website:  www.randgoldresources.com 

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to disclose only proven and probable ore reserves. We use certain
terms in this release, such as 'resources', that the SEC does not
recognise and strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with
the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any parts of
our resources will ever be converted into reserves which qualify as'proven and
probable reserves' for the purposes of the SEC's Industry
Guide number 7.



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