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First Quantum Minerals Reports the Restoration of Full Power Supply to its Zambian Operations

08/06/2015

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 6, 2015) - First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) today reported that, on August 6, 2015, full power supply was restored to its Kansanshi operation and Sentinel project by ZESCO, Zambia's state-run power company. This follows the receipt of notice of the declaration of Force Majeure for the supply of electricity from ZESCO to Kansanshi and the subsequent reduction in electricity supply to both Kansanshi and Sentinel as reported on July 27, 2015.

While the Company believes some restrictions may be re-imposed during the remainder of 2015, ZESCO has stated that it has contracted independent power producers such as Maamba Collieries Limited and Itezhi Tezhi Power Corporation through the signing of Power Purchase Agreements to procure more electricity by the end of 2015.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

G. Clive Newall, President

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For further information visit our website at www.first-quantum.com.

Contact Information:
North American contact:
Sharon Loung, Director, Investor Relations
(647) 346-3934 or Toll Free: 1 (888) 688-6577
(604) 688-3818 (FAX)
sharon.loung@fqml.com


United Kingdom contact:
Clive Newall, President
+44 140 327 3484
+44 140 327 3494 (FAX)
clive.newall@fqml.com
www.first-quantum.com