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First Quantum Confirms Resumption of Operations at Its Kansanshi Mine in Zambia

Friday, January 06, 2012

First Quantum Confirms Resumption of Operations at Its Kansanshi Mine in Zambia10:30 EST Friday, January 06, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 6, 2012) -First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company" or "FQM") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) today confirmed that operations at its Kansanshi copper/gold mine in Zambia have resumed and negotiations with the labour unions are continuing.On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.G. Clive Newall, President12g3-2b-82-4461Listed in Standard and Poor'sFOR 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 Contacts+44 207 379 5151+44 20 7379 6161 (FAX)jdevas@maitland.co.uk / bcattell@maitland.co.uk