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Press release from CNW Group

Fatality at Didipio Project

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fatality at Didipio Project20:17 EDT Monday, July 16, 2012/NOT FOR DISSEMINATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN THE UNITED STATES AND NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO US NEWSWIRE SERVICES./MELBOURNE, Australia, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OGC, TSX: OGC, NZX: OGC) (the "Company") regretfully advises that there has been a fatality at the Didipio Project site in Luzon, Northern Philippines in an incident arising from a recent severe storm that impacted on the site. OceanaGold has arranged counselling and support services to be available for the family of the deceased, and affected fellow employees in relation to this incident.The Company confirms that the person was a male Filipino national and an employee of the Mining Contractor to the Company.  The Company and its Contractor have undertaken immediate investigations into the incident.Mick Wilkes, Managing Director and CEO commented: "On behalf of the Company, our condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased. We are extremely saddened by this tragic event. Safety will always remain a top priority of the Company to eliminate harm to our employees, contractors and local community. Steps are being taken to ensure similar incidents do not occur again."About OceanaGoldOceanaGold Corporation is a significant Asia Pacific gold producer with projects located on the South Island of New Zealand and in the Philippines. The Company's assets encompass New Zealand's largest gold mining operation at the Macraes goldfield in Otago which is made up of the Macraes Open Pit and the Frasers Underground mines. Additionally on the west coast of the South Island, the Company operates the Reefton Open Pit mine. OceanaGold produces approximately 230,000 - 250,000 ounces of gold per annum from the New Zealand operations. The Company also owns the Didipio Project in northern Luzon, Philippines which is in construction and expected to commission in Q4 2012. Currently, Didipio is expected to produce 100,000 ounces of gold and 14,000 tonnes of copper per year over an estimated 16 year mine life.OceanaGold is listed on the Toronto, Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges under the symbol OGC. Cautionary StatementStatements in this release may be forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", "plans", "estimates" or "intends", or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements such as production forecasts and development timelines are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. They include, among others, the accuracy of mineral reserve and resource estimates and related assumptions, inherent operating risks and those risk factors identified in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form prepared and filed with securities regulators which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under the Company's name. There are no assurances the Company can fulfil such forward-looking statements and, subject to applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements. Such forward-looking statements are only predictions based on current information available to management as of the date that such predictions are made; actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks facing the Company, some of which are beyond the Company's control.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.For further information: OceanaGold Investor Relations - Melbourne Nova Young or Darren Klinck Tel: +61(3) 9656 5300 info@oceanagold.com Investor Relations - Toronto Sam Pazuki +1 416 915 3123