[dehai-news] (MW) ERITREA: 2009 Outlook for Nevsun

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Wed Jan 07 2009 - 18:35:29 EST

Jan 07, 2009 16:05 ET
2009 Outlook for Nevsun

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2009) - Nevsun
Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU)(NYSE Alternext US:NSU) ("Nevsun") is pleased to
provide its outlook for the Company for 2009. The Company holds the
World Class Bisha Project in Eritrea, maintains a strong cash position,
benefits from the continued support of the local Eritrea Government and,
despite the "credit crunch", has assembled a reputable lending group to
provide all necessary additional finance for the Bisha development. The
Project is on schedule and on budget.
Nevsun's consolidated cash position at December 31, 2008 was
approximately US$40 million.
Bisha Mining Share Company (BMSC), the project company, had, as of
December 31, spent approximately $40 million of the $250 million project
cost and has placed orders for a significant portion of the remaining
supply requirements. Funding to date has been provided by Nevsun and
ENAMCO; the Eritrean National Mining Corporation. ENAMCO is a 40% owner,
contributing 1/3 of the equity.
2009 Outlook - another year of success expected
1. Completion of debt finance: The lending group for the project debt
was further consolidated in December and the group is actively dealing
with the normal legal and due diligence arrangements. The planned debt
package is a mix of senior and subordinated debt coming from a number of
development agencies and commercial banks from Europe and South Africa.
The completion of debt facilities is targeted for the end of Q1 and is
expected to total over $200 million. The robust nature of the Bisha
Project allows for a relatively high debt equity ratio as payback, with
anticipated cash sweeps, is very short. The Project timetable remains
unchanged with production expected in mid 2010. Endeavour Financial is
the project finance advisor.
2. Build of plant and all facilities: The camp facilities and excavation
for the plant are on schedule. Pictures of the progress can be found on
the Company web site - www.nevsun.com/bishaprojectdevelopment.html. The
fabrication of the mills, by Polysius in Europe, continues in accordance
with the plan and both mills are scheduled for delivery to site in Q4
2009. Accordingly, other preparatory work, equipment orders and delivery
are planned for earlier in 2009. The project detailed design work is
virtually complete as at the end of December 2008 and a very substantial
portion of orders have already been placed with terms secured. The early
order strategy was followed so as to ensure capex costs were controlled.
As a result of exchange rates favorable to the project, as well as the
early order strategy, the Company remains confident that the Project can
be completed within the previously issued capex estimate of $250
3. Review for additional ore in Phase 1: The feasibility study used a
cut-off grade of 2.0 grams gold per tonne for the initial high-grade
oxide phase of production. All material below 2 g/t has previously been
treated as waste in financial models. Naturally, since the Company will
be mining all of the material in any case, it is prudent to re-evaluate
the material to see how much may be economically processed. A
preliminary review suggests a possible significant reduction of waste
and hence re-classification of waste material to ore. The additional
lower grade ore would be processed either through the CIL plant or stock
piled for heap-leach treatment.

2008 year in review - Milestones Achieved
January 2008 Mining license granted
February 2008 $25 million received from ENAMCO as a down payment on
purchase price
February 2008 Orders placed for critical equipment (long lead items,
ball and SAG mills)
May 2008 $20 million received on sale of other Nevsun assets
August 2008 SENET mobilized to site; site clearing and heavy earth
moving started
Sept 2008 Construction camp for 400 people advanced
October 2008 $89 million debt finance commitment received from the
lead lender, Industrial Development Corporation of South

Project Economics (low metals price assumptions)
High returns and quick capital payback highlight the economic strength
of the Project. Low site operating costs throughout the projected mine
life result in Bisha being particularly robust and the strengthening of
the US dollar will also improve the economics further regarding both
capital and operating costs. Due to the volatility in metals prices over
recent weeks, management presents below a low metals prices
IRR - 42%
Payback - 1.6 years
Life of mine net after tax cash flow - $440 million
(1) Assumptions Low metals price scenario - Au $600, Cu $1.50, Zn
$0.50, Ag $8 Preproduction capex -
$250 million (June 2008, including contingency)

The Company looks forward to progressing Bisha through to production
with the continued full support of the Eritrean Government.
Forward Looking Statements: The above contains forward-looking
statements concerning funds to be received for the Company's Bisha
property in Eritrea, future financing and anticipated financial health,
capital and operating costs, order delivery times and financial
scenarios for future mine production. Forward-looking statements are
frequently, but not always, identified by words such as "expects",
"anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "potential",
"possible" and similar expressions, or statements that events,
conditions or results "will", "may", "could" or "should" occur or be
achieved. Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and
are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or
other future events or conditions may differ materially from those
reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks,
uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those
described in the Management Discussion and Analysis of the Company. The
Company's forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs,
expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are
made and the Company assumes no obligation to update such
forward-looking statements in the future. For the reasons set forth
above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking
Cliff T. Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer

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