Information  X 
Enter a valid email address

Oxus Gold PLC (OXS)

  Print      Mail a friend       Annual reports

Friday 25 February, 2005

Oxus Gold PLC

Jerooy licence reinstated

Oxus Gold PLC
25 February 2005


news release

For immediate release: 0700, 25 February 2005

                                 Oxus Gold plc

                              Jerooy licence update

LONDON, 25 February 2005 - Oxus Gold plc ('Oxus' or 'the Company') is pleased to confirm that it has satisfied the 
various conditions set out by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in order for the mining licence for the Jerooy gold 
project to be reinstated. The Company therefore expects to be in a position to sign a new licence agreement in the near 
future.

The licence was purportedly annulled last summer following the Kyrgyz Government's concerns over the ability of Oxus to 
fund the development of the project and the detailed technical status of the project. The Company can confirm that 
these concerns have been addressed to the satisfaction of the relevant licensing authorities, who have recommended to 
the Government that the licence be reinstated.

Bill Trew, CEO of Oxus said 'We are pleased with the constructive manner in which these discussions have taken place to 
date and we remain committed to bringing Jerooy into production in the fastest possible time. I can also confirm that 
construction has continued during these discussions so as not to delay the commissioning of the mine.'

Oxus has a holding of 66.7 per cent in Jerooy through Norox Mining Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary, with the 
remaining 33.3 per cent held by Kyrgyzaltyn, a Joint Stock Company owned by the Kyrgyz government. Jerooy is situated 
about 300 kilometres by road from Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital city.

Jerooy has a total resource of 3.45 million ounces and contains a mineable reserve of 2.4 million ounces at 7.5 grammes 
per tonne.  Production is planned at a rate of 1 million tonnes of ore per annum. The mine will produce some 180,000 
ounces of gold per annum, of which 120,000 ounces will be attributable to Oxus. The orebody will be mined both by open 
pit and underground methods.

Ends

For further information, please contact:

Bill Trew, CEO Oxus Gold,                                        +44 (0)20 7907 2000

Richard Wilkins, Director and Secretary                          +44 (0)20 7907 2000

Keith Irons, Bankside Consultants                                +44 (0)20 7444 4155 / 07885 356 639



                      This information is provided by RNS
            The company news service from the London Stock Exchange