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Central Asia Metals PLC

13 April 2021

13 April 2021


('CAML' or the 'Company')

Q1 2021 Operations Update

Central Asia Metals plc (AIM: CAML) today provides a Q1 2021 operations update for the Kounrad dump leach, solvent extraction and electro-winning ('SX-EW') copper recovery plant in Kazakhstan ('Kounrad') and the Sasa zinc-lead mine in North Macedonia ('Sasa').


   -      One lost time injury ('LTI') at Sasa 
   -      Kounrad copper production, 2,880 tonnes 
   -      Sasa zinc in concentrate production, 5,742 tonnes 
   -      Sasa lead in concentrate production, 7,016 tonnes 


   -      Full year 2021 guidance 

o Copper, 12,500 to 13,500 tonnes

o Zinc in concentrate, 23,000 to 25,000 tonnes

o Lead in concentrate, 30,000 to 32,000 tonnes

CAML production summary

 Metal production (tonnes)    Q1 2021   Q1 2020 
 Copper                         2,880     3,201 
                             --------  -------- 
 Zinc                           5,742     6,127 
                             --------  -------- 
 Lead                           7,016     7,607 
                             --------  -------- 

Nigel Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"We are pleased with our production achievements during these cold winter months but were disappointed to record a lost time injury at Sasa at the end of March 2021, having previously achieved 786 days without an incident."

Health and Safety

One LTI was recorded at Sasa in March 2021 as a miner injured his finger. There were no LTIs at Kounrad during the period.

COVID-19 remains a risk to the welfare of CAML employees and contractors. While there has been no marked increase in COVID-19 diagnoses in and around the Kounrad operation, there has been a larger number of cases at Sasa and in the nearby towns, coinciding with improving weather and therefore greater social interaction.


Kounrad Q1 2021 copper production was 2,880 tonnes, with 100% of the metal leached from the Western Dumps during the winter period for the first time. Copper sales during Q1 2021 were 2,875 tonnes.


In Q1 2021, mined and processed ore were 207,704 tonnes and 210,413 tonnes respectively. In February, there was a period of unplanned mill maintenance, which resulted in a loss of production for up to four days. The average head grades for the period were 3.23% zinc and 3.57% lead. Q1 2021 metallurgical recoveries were 84.5% for zinc and 93.5% for lead.

Sasa produces a zinc concentrate and a separate lead concentrate. In Q1 2021, 11,521 tonnes of concentrate containing 49.8% zinc and 9,730 tonnes of concentrate containing 72.1% lead were produced.

Sasa typically receives from smelters approximately 84% of the value of its zinc in concentrate and approximately 95% of the value of its lead in concentrate. Accordingly, Q1 2021 payable production was 4,821 tonnes of zinc and 6,665 tonnes of lead. Given that deliveries from Sasa to the smelters occur on a regular basis, payable base metal in concentrate sales for the quarter were similar at 4,779 tonnes of zinc and 6,686 tonnes of lead.

During Q1 2021, Sasa sold 78,227 ounces of payable silver to Osisko Gold Royalties, in accordance with its streaming agreement.

                               Units      Q1 2021   Q1 2020 
 Ore mined                     t          207,704   207,788 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
 Plant feed                    t          210,413   210,664 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
 Zinc grade                    %             3.23      3.37 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
 Zinc recovery                 %             84.5      86.4 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
 Lead grade                    %             3.57      3.82 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
 Lead recovery                 %             93.5      94.5 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
 Zinc concentrate              t (dry)     11,521    12,315 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
        *    Grade             %             49.8      49.8 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
        *    Contained zinc    t            5,742     6,127 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
 Lead concentrate              t (dry)      9,730    10,560 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
        *    Grade             %             72.1      72.0 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 
        *    Contained lead    t            7,016     7,607 
                              ---------  --------  -------- 

For further information contact:

Central Asia Metals                     Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 9001 
Nigel Robinson, CEO 
Gavin Ferrar, CFO 
Louise Wrathall, Director of Corporate  louise.wrathall@centralasiametals.com 
Peel Hunt (Nominated Advisor and        Tel: +44 (0) 20 7418 8900 
 Joint Broker) 
Ross Allister 
David McKeown 
BMO Capital Markets (Joint Broker)      Tel: +44 (0) 20 7236 1010 
Thomas Rider 
Pascal Lussier Duquette 
Blytheweigh (PR Advisors)               Tel: +44 (0) 20 7138 3204 
Tim Blythe 
Megan Ray 
Rachael Brooks 

Note to editors:

Central Asia Metals, an AIM-listed UK company based in London, owns 100% of the Kounrad SX-EW copper project in central Kazakhstan and 100% of the Sasa zinc-lead mine in North Macedonia.

For further information, please visit www.centralasiametals.com and follow CAML on Twitter at @CamlMetals and on LinkedIn at Central Asia Metals Plc

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