April 21, 2008, Vancouver, BC - Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; AMEX: TGB) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a six-year agreement with MRI Trading AG, a Swiss-based metal trading house, for the treatment and refining of Gibraltar copper concentrate. Under the terms of the agreement, Taseko has secured long-term, fixed, low cost rates for processing six years of Gibraltar mine production, or approximately 1.1 million tons of copper concentrate production, into copper metal.
Within the framework of this treatment and refining agreement, Taseko has also secured a US$30 million Line of Credit, to add to its $53 million on hand.
Taseko will continue to have the ability to sell copper metal at market prices.
Russell Hallbauer, President and CEO of Taseko stated, “The finalization of this new agreement has taken well over a year and has included many bidders. The agreement that we have negotiated reflects the tightness of the concentrate market where many smelters are trying to source from limited concentrate supply.”
Mr. Hallbauer continued, “Gibraltar produces one of the highest quality copper concentrates in the world which is reflected by the financial terms for processing our concentrate and the Line of Credit that has been secured. Stabilization of our treatment and refining costs for a period of six years is an important step as we continue to build our business and decrease Gibraltar’s cost structure while providing superior returns to our shareholders.”
For further details on Taseko and its properties, please visit the Company’s website at www.tasekomines.com or contact Investor Services at (604) 684-6365 or within North America at 1-800-667-2114.
President and CEO
No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release.
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This document contains “forward-looking statements” that were based on Taseko’s expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which those statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “should” and similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These included but are not limited to:
- uncertainties and costs related to the Company’s exploration and development activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
- uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future production and future cash and total costs of production and milling;
- uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project;
- uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time estimated and at the scheduled cost;
- uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition;
- uncertainties related to unexpected or ongoing judicial or regulatory proceedings;
- changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies;
- changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing;
- the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty defaults, and mark to market risk;
- the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover mining risks;
- the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
- environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore; and
- labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.
For further information on Taseko, investors should review the Company’s annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov and home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
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