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OCT-DEC 2016

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20 | ASIA Miner | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | 2016 Papua New Guinea ENCOURAGING results have been re- ceived from the 2016 drilling campaign at Era Resources' Yandera Copper Project. The drilling may add extra resources with an updated estimate expected by the end of 2016 . A total of 43 diamond drill holes compris- ing 8917 metres were completed at Yande- ra during the program, which was designed to infill and expand the resource, testing op- portunities within and around the margin of the known resource . Drilling focused on infill in the Dengru, Dimbi, South Dimbi, Gremi, Imbruminda, Gamagu, and Kauwo areas, as well as test- ing proximal areas, including targets east of South Dimbi, east of Omora, at East Gremi and at Benbenubu . At Dengru four holes for 924 metres were completed . Drilling intersected copper mineralisation in material previously clas- sified as waste within preliminary open pit models based on the 2015 estimate . The results fill gaps in data and are expected to increase the estimate locally and con- vert some in-pit waste to resource . Two holes intersected good mineralisation within the current open pit shell that could connect Gremi and Omora areas in future pit designs . Six holes for 1210 metres were complet- ed at Omora . Drilling also intersected miner- alisation at the edge of the 2015 estimate . Results from one hole may expand the open pit boundary to the east . Six holes for 1358 metres were com- pleted at Benbenubu . Targets focused on mineralisation east of known mineralisation at Dengru and Omora areas . Drilling inter- sected additional mineralisation likely to add resource to the eastern side of the 2015 estimate . Results from two holes show relatively shallow copper mineralisation near historical results that are likely to build the resource to the east . Results from another show good copper mineralisation likely to add resource between Omora and Benbenubu . Eight holes for 1624 metres were com- pleted at South Dimbi . Drilling intersected additional mineralisation within and beneath open pit shells . Results from one hole show previously unknown mineralisation within the model 2015 resource pit, which is like- ly to add resource and potentially locally increase the average grade . Results from another show mineralisation thought to be a further extension of a mineralised trend intersected previously . Five holes for 936 metres were completed at East Gremi . Targets focused on miner- alised trends thought to extend southeast from known mineralisation in the South Dim- bi area . Mineralisation here is likely to add resource along these trends outside the 2015 estimate . ST Barbara Limited achieved record annual production of 110,286 ounces at Simberi Gold Project during the financial year ending June 30, 2016 . This was 39% higher than the 79,568 ounces pro- duced in FY15 and exceeded the FY16 guidance of 100,000 to 110,000 ounces . Production during the June quarter was 26,935 ounces, which was higher than the 25,433 ounces produced in the previous quar- ter and exceeded the annual target of 100,000 ounces for the fifth consecutive quarter . AISC was A$1266 per ounce, down from A$1404 in the March quarter . The total volume of material moved for the quarter was a new record at 1 . 6 million cubic metres . The improvement was due to a full quarter utilising additional mining equipment that arrived on site in the March quarter . Ore milled was a new record, with 881,000 tonnes processed for the quarter, up from 743,000 tonnes in the previous quarter . St Barbara expects Simberi to produce between 95,000 and 105,000 ounces in FY17 at an AISC of between A$1330 and A$1490 per ounce, with capex of between A$5 million and A$6 million . St Barbara has received results for the first five holes of a 10-hole diamond drill program targeting high grade trench results at Bekou South . Best result was 8 metres from 12 metres @ 5 . 9 grams/tonne (g/t) gold, including 2 metres from 17 metres @ 17 . 9 g/t . At Tatau Island prospect a 400 to 600 metre wide geophysical anomaly associated with a historical copper-gold porphyry target has been identified that warrants drill testing. The prospect was to be investigated via a single 500 metre diamond drill hole during the September quarter . Preparatory work for generating further poten- tial copper-gold drill targets on Tatau also commenced during the quarter . Trenching and mapping has commenced in southwest Tatau Is- land in preparation for drill testing high grade oxide and sulphide gold mineralisation . A strategic review announced in February 2016 of St Barbara's PNG assets, including Simberi, has progressed . The purpose of the review was to determine how best to maximise shareholder value from the Simberi assets . Discussions are under way with a number of third parties regard- ing a variety of options . Options under consideration include: • Continued ownership, exploration and development; • Potential joint venture arrangements, and • Divestment of some or all of the assets . Record production at Simberi The various zones and prospects at Era Resourc- es' Yandera Copper Project in the PNG highlands. Era likely Era likely to add to Yandera resource to add to Yandera resource

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