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:: First Metal from Vysokovoltnoye Heap Leach Project

Oxus Gold plc is pleased to report that it has produced the first bar of silver from the Vysokovoltnoye gold and silver heap leach project in Uzbekistan.

Mining of ore started in early September, following the first mine blast on 24 August, and was initially stockpiled pending the commissioning of the process plant. The ore was placed on the heap leach pads at the beginning of this month and mineralised solution was fed to the plant last week. Full production is scheduled for next month and planned mine production is 21,035 ounces of gold and 2,469,083 ounces of silver per annum.

The capital cost of the project is $9.1 million, which has been kept to a minimum due to the existing infrastructure at AGF. It is expected that the cash costs of metal production will be approximately $160 per ounce.

Vysokovoltnoye has mineable reserves of 1.66 million tonnes at grades of 127g/t Ag and 1.13g/t Au for ore body number 7 and 2.33 million tonnes at grades of 27g/t Ag and 1.24g/t Au for ore body number 4. Ongoing work aimed at defining extensions of the zones may increase the resource base for future growth. Both ore bodies have very low stripping ratios.




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