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Nevsun Q3 Operating Highlights

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Nevsun Q3 Operating Highlights08:43 EDT Thursday, October 06, 2011VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2011) - Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU)(NYSE Amex:NSU) - HIGHLIGHTS110,000 ounces produced in Q3278,000 ounces produced year-to-dateCash balance US $226 millionNevsun Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce strong production results of 110,000 ounces of gold for the quarter ending September 30, 2011. Year-to-date the Bisha Mine in Eritrea has produced 278,000 ounces of gold, including 41,000 ounces during the commissioning phase early this year. Cash increased to US $226 million at September 30, 2011.Q1 2011Q2 2011Q3 2011YTD 2011Tonnes milled461,000444,000446,0001,351,000Recovery, % of gold88%89%88%88%Gold ounces produced75,00093,000110,000278,000The Bisha Mine continues to operate in excess of plan for mill gold recovery and increased the rate of gold production during Q3 to approximately 1,200 ounces per day. The rainy season in Eritrea at the Bisha Site has had no material impact on operations. As at September 30, the Company was waiting on settlement of sales of approximately 24,000 ounces of gold.Cliff Davis, Nevsun CEO commented, "Bisha's smooth start-up earlier this year and the continuing impeccable production track record is a testament to the team at Bisha and our partnership with the Eritrean State mining company, ENAMCO. The strong cash generation from the project will eventually be recognized in the market."Bisha started civil works in preparation for construction of the second phase copper plant in June. The development drill programs that are expected to significantly increase Bisha mineral reserves continue with Phase 2 of the hanging wall copper zone currently underway. Assay results from the Bisha Main infill drilling are expected later this month.Nevsun plans to release its full Q3 results on November 14, 2011 with a conference call following on November 15th.Forward-Looking Statements: The above contains forward-looking statements regarding the Q3 operating highlights, release of Q3 financials and drilling program results. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimated", "potential", "possible" and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results "will", "may", "could" or "should" occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those described in the Management Discussion and Analysis of the Company. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made and the Company assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements in the future. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.NEVSUN RESOURCES LTD.Cliff T. Davis, President & Chief Executive OfficerFOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: 604-684-6730 or Toll Free: 1-866-684-6730Kin