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:: Alacer Gold Announces 현pler Sulfide Project Development Team


Alacer Gold Corp. is pleased to announce the project development team leading the 현pler Sulfide Project in Turkey.

Rod Antal, Alacer's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We have brought together a world-class group of experienced professionals who will be responsible for the construction and delivery of the Sulfide Project in 2017. The high caliber of talent Alacer has attracted to the Sulfide Project speaks to the quality of the asset. With government approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the expansion received last month, we are one step closer to the Board making a construction decision."

The 현pler Sulfide Project, designed for whole ore pressure oxidation ("POX") processing of sulfide ore, is expected to increase life-of-mine gold production by 3.2 million ounces as outlined in the positive Definitive Feasibility Study released in June 2014.

현pler Sulfide Project Development Team

Robert Benbow - Senior Vice President of Strategic Projects - was previously Vice President and Country Manager of Alacer's Turkish Business Unit. Mr. Benbow joined the Corporation as General Manager of the 현pler Mine in 2007. He has 40 years in the mining industry, of which 29 years are in the gold industry, and has over 25 years of senior management experience. Mr. Benbow has been involved in mining projects in Turkey for the last ten years.

John Ebbett - Sulfide Project Director - will lead the project and is responsible for the detailed engineering, construction and commissioning of the sulfide plant. Mr. Ebbett has over 10 years of industry experience and was previously a Project Manager at Newcrest Mining, where he was responsible for the post-expansion optimization of the processing plant at the Lihir gold mine. He was also responsible for the completion of the process plant expansion, the Toguraci underground development and infrastructure upgrades at the Gosowong gold mine. Mr. Ebbett's prior experience includes process plant design and project engineering with Ausenco.

Victor Ketcham - Metallurgy and Process Manager - joined the sulfide project team in early 2014 and is responsible for the plant metallurgy and ore processing. Mr. Ketcham has over 35 years of international experience in the design, construction, commissioning and management of complex metallurgical processing plants. He had direct management responsibility for commissioning two of the largest high-pressure, acid leaching autoclave plants in the world at Lihir gold mine and Murrin Murrin nickel-cobalt mine. Mr. Ketcham previously served as the lead consultant on several major projects from the feasibility study stage through to detailed design and construction.

Steven Brasch - Engineering Manager - will oversee all engineering on the project. Most recently, Mr. Brasch was the Engineering Manager on a major BHP Billiton greenfield project. Mr. Brasch has over 20 years of industry experience, specializing in project engineering delivery as an Engineering Manager and Mechanical Design Engineer. Mr. Brasch has worked in greenfield and brownfield projects across gold, copper, nickel and coal mining in Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

John Harmse - Commercial Manager - will oversee all commercial and business services on the project. Mr. Harmse has almost 20 years of industry experience, specializing in project business services and commercial management for large resource projects. In his previous role as Global Functional Manager of Contracts for Fluor Corporation's Mining and Metals business unit, Mr. Harmse contributed to the establishment and successful implementation of contracting and procurement strategies for large brownfields and greenfields projects for the gold, copper, iron ore and oil and gas industries in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands.

Roger Whitaker - Electrical & Instrumentation Manager - joins Alacer from Newcrest Mining, where he was the Lead Project/Electrical Design Engineer for the Lihir gold mine. Mr. Whitaker has over 20 years of engineering, procurement and construction experience within the natural resources, mining and power generation sectors, specializing in electrical, control and materials handling systems. Most recently, Mr. Whitaker was responsible for execution of an 80MW power station and high-voltage network upgrade.

Altigan Marasli - Operations Readiness Manager - has been an employee of Alacer since 2010 and served as 현pler's Process Superintendent before being promoted to Process Manager in 2011. Mr. Marasli has 15 years of industry experience and previously worked as a metallurgist at INMET's ayeli Copper Mine in Riza, Turkey where he worked in their copper and zinc flotation plant. Mr. Marasli was selected to the Corporation's graduate study program and recently received his Master's degree in both Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines while continuing to work on the Sulfide Project. Mr. Marasli will continue to work on the project focusing on operations readiness.




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