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Katanga Mining expands its copper cobalt project for US$635.5 million

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Katanga Mining Limited

On November 11, 2011, Katanga Mining Limited (TSX: KAT; KAT.NT) ("Katanga") announced approval of Updated Phase 4 Expansion of its copper cobalt project. Glencore International AG has committed to provide $635.5 million in new loan facilities with an interest rate of 10% per annum to fund the Updated Phase 4 Expansion not covered by Katanga's cash flows as well as to refinance its outstanding $115 million of 14% debentures. In addition to the benefits to Katanga of the Updated Phase 4 Expansion, which the loan facilities are expected to finance in part, Katanga expects expansion will improve copper recovery, utilize existing under-utilized plant capacity, and allow the company to produce LME Grade A copper and benefit from the continuity of personnel and competencies involved in the recently completed Phase 3 expansion of its project. The special committee of the Katanga board was advised in this matter by a team of Fasken Martineau lawyers that included John Turner, Aaron Atkinson and Daniel Fuke.

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