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Ghana Grid Power for Youga

The Estruscan Resources owned Youga mine in Burkina Faso poured 15,180 ounces of gold during the first quarter of 2009. Mill throughput for the period was 209,000 tonnes at an average grade of 2.61 per tonne.

Throughput was limited due to reduced availability of the on site power generators, which has been rectified by SDMO the supplier of the generators. Power at the mine site is supplied by six diesel generators providing 8.0 MW, however the primary source of power is to be delivered via the nearby Ghanaian national power grid. The grid power line from Ghana is scheduled to provide power to the site in the second quarter of 2009.

This will greatly mitigate risk with respect to power supply to the project and the diesel generators will act as a backup power supply as was originally intended.

Head grades during the first quarter of 2009 were also negatively impacted as a result of lower than forecast drill rig availability for blasting. The drill and blast contractor now has all its drill rigs operating at a level which will allow forecast ore grade material to be delivered to the plant.

Production for 2009 from Youga is forecast at between 80,000 and 90,000 ounces of gold.