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First Quantum Minerals Reports Q1 2011 Production of 74,900 Tonnes of Copper and 49,100 Ounces of Gold

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

First Quantum Minerals Reports Q1 2011 Production of 74,900 Tonnes of Copper and 49,100 Ounces of Gold13:00 EDT Tuesday, April 19, 2011VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2011) -First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) today reported Q1 2011 production of 74,900 tonnes of copper and 49,100 ounces of gold. Lower overall copper production, compared to Q1 2010, reflects the forced shutdown of operations at the Frontier mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2010. First QuarterOperation2011 20102011 2010CopperGold(tonnes)(ounces)Kansanshi64,80053,58330,60024,272Guelb Moghrein10,1008,40518,50020,370Frontier-20,786--Bwana Mkubwa-2,288--Total74,90085,06249,10044,642Finished copper inventory at March 31, 2011 increased to approximately 40,100 tonnes of copper (Kansanshi 28,900 tonnes, Guelb Moghrein 11,100 tonnes, Frontier 100 tonnes (at dispatch port)), from the December 31, 2010 level of 37,000 tonnes. Note: Production and stockpile numbers are preliminary and subject to final adjustment.Further information will be published in the Company's report on operating and financial results for the quarter which is scheduled for release during the week of May 09, 2011.On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.G. Clive Newall, President12g3-2b-82-4461Listed in Standard and Poor'sCertain information contained in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements or information, including but not limited to those with respect to the prices of gold, copper, cobalt and sulphuric acid, estimated future production, estimated costs of future production, the Company's hedging policy and permitting time lines, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. Such factors include, among others, the actual prices of copper, gold, cobalt and sulphuric acid, the factual results of current exploration, development and mining activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated, as well as those factors disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time with the Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario Securities Commissions, the Autorité des marchés financiers in Quebec, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the London Stock Exchange.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Sharon LoungFirst Quantum Minerals Ltd. - North American ContactDirector, Investor Relations(647) 346-3934 or Toll Free: 1 (888) 688-6577(604) 688-3818 (FAX)sharon.loung@fqml.comORClive NewallFirst Quantum Minerals Ltd. - United Kingdom ContactPresident+44 140 327 3484+44 140 327 3494 (FAX)clive.newall@fqml.comwww.first-quantum.comORBrian Cattell/James DevasMaitland - United Kingdom Contact+44 207 379 5151+44 20 7379 6161 (FAX)jdevas@maitland.co.uk / bcattell@maitland.co.uk