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MEI Online: Plant Operation News: Europe: September 15th 2003


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:: Rio Narcea Signs Memorandum of Understanding for Processing Crew's Nalunaq Ore

Rio Narcea Gold Mines, Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a memorandum of understanding ("MoU") with Crew Development Corporation for the processing of high-grade ore from its Nalunaq gold mine located in South Greenland. According to the MoU, the Nalunaq ore will be processed in batches of approximately 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes per quarter.

Rio Narcea has one of Europe's most modern ore processing plants with a capacity of over 2,000 tonnes per day and a flexible high capacity gravity/CIL circuit, which is achieving high gold recoveries from the El Valle Charnela high-grade zones. The high-grade (approx. 0.9 oz/t) ore from Nalunaq fits well with the Company's ore scheduling plans in the transition to its own underground-sourced ore.

The agreement is expected to be finalized within two months with the first batch of ore to be processed in early 2004. Rio Narcea is looking forward to working closely with Crew in this exciting contribution to the European Union's gold production.

Rio Narcea is a growing mineral resource company with operations, development projects and exploration activities in Spain and Portugal.




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