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ZincOx Resources PLC (ZOX)

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Tuesday 20 February, 2007

ZincOx Resources PLC

New US Recycling Project

ZincOx Resources PLC
20 February 2007

  New US Recycling project and expansion at Big River Zinc - 20 February 2007

ZincOx Resources plc (ZOX), is pleased to announce the completion of
pre-feasibility studies on an integrated zinc and iron recycling project which
will include a new facility in Ohio and modifying and refurbishing the Big River
Zinc plant near St Louis.

Using a zinc price of US$1,900 per tonne for the next five years and US$1,500
thereafter the Ohio Project and Big River Zinc Project individually have
internal rates of return of 20% and 35%, and have, net present values of
US$60million and US$129million respectively (post tax, pre finance 10% discount

Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Woollett, ZincOx's Chairman said "These
two projects, together with our new Turkish Project, complete the operating
structure for our first fully integrated zinc, lead and iron recycling concept.
This structure will enable us to recycle virtually all the valuable metals found
in electric arc furnace dust (EAFD), a problematic waste material produced when
galvanised steel is recycled. This structure and the proprietary technology
involved represents a blueprint that we intend to repeat elsewhere in the

At the Ohio Project a rotary hearth furnace will be used to treat EAFD to
recover zinc and lead in an oxide concentrate (HZO) and to recover the contained
iron as a Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) product. The DRI will be melted in a small
electric furnace that will produce a very clean slag suitable for construction
purposes and pig iron which will be sold to the steel industry. The plant will
be designed to treat 200,000 tonnes per annum of EAFD for the production of
48,000 tonnes of zinc contained in HZO and about 50,000 tonnes of pig iron. The
HZO will be sent to Big River Zinc for the recovery of the valuable metals. The
Ohio plant will take approximately 18 months to construct at a capital cost of
about US$107million.

In June 2006, ZincOx acquired the Big River Zinc smelter, in Sauget, Illinois
(BRZ). The HZO from both the Ohio Project and from the Aliaga project in Turkey
will be processed at BRZ. The zinc contained in the HZO will be dissolved in
BRZ's refurbished leach plant. The resultant zinc bearing solution will be
purified in a new solvent extraction circuit, prior to conventional zinc
recovery using BRZ's existing electrowinning, melting and casting equipment to
produce zinc ingots. The ZincOx management team used the solvent extraction
process in the design of the flowsheet for the Skorpion zinc oxide deposit in
Namibia, where it now accounts for 150,000 tonnes of zinc metal production per
annum. Big River will be designed to produce 90,000 tonnes of Special High Grade
quality zinc metal per annum. The refurbishment of the Big River plant and
installation of solvent extraction will take approximately 16 months at a cost
of about US$90million.

At Aliaga, in Turkey, (see announcement dated: 12 December 2006) ZincOx is
planning to develop an EAFD processing plant similar to that proposed for the
Ohio project. The capital cost of the Aliaga project is expected to be
US$106million with production commencing in mid 2008.

The development of the plants in Turkey and Ohio and the refurbishment of the
Big River Zinc facility are expected to require total capital expenditures of
about US$303million, including contingencies. The company is investigating
various financing strategies including participation by one of ZincOx's largest
shareholders, Teck Cominco. In December 2006, Teck Cominco, the world's second
largest zinc mining company, increased its interest in ZincOx by 3.5% to 11.5%.
Commenting on the financing, Andrew Woollett said "There are a number of
attractive financing options available to us, including the early sale of the
future Shaimerden deferred payments, and we are optimistic that we will be able
to develop these projects without a major issue of new equity."

For more information please contact:

ZincOx Resources plc
Andrew Woollett                                           +44 (0) 1276 450100

Conduit PR
Leesa Peters/Laurence Read                                +44 (0) 20 7429 660                                       +44 (0) 781 2159885

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