Exports Initial Tantalum Concentrate

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    ATE Exports Initial Tantalum Concentrate

    HOMEX - Perth

    The Directors of Australasian Gold Mines NL (the "Company") are
    please to announce that the Company has delivered and has been paid
    for its initial shipment of tantalum concentrate to an overseas
    customer. This shipment was followed by a second shipment this week
    of 12,000 lbs of concentrate for a total shipped of 22,000 lbs. These
    shipments will be followed by monthly shipments of up to 5,000 lbs of
    contained Ta2O5 until December 2002.

    In the meantime, the Company expects to finalise another supply
    contract within the next few months for the supply of concentrates to

    Being awarded further contracts will determine the timing of the
    development of the Binneringie and Mt Deans projects to meet the
    demand for concentrate. The Company has commenced the feasibility
    studies of both projects which are expected to be completed in the
    last quarter of this year.

    The demand for tantalum is expected to recover late 2002 and in the
    first half of 2003. There has been significant increase in the demand
    for semiconductors in Europe, Japan and US over the last few months
    with manufacturing facilities returning to full production.

    The initial shipment has reinforced the Company's commitment to the
    tantalum industry and justifies the establishment of its own mineral
    dressing plant at Balcatta that has been used to upgrade the
    concentrates produced from the Company's Dalgaranga processing plant.
    It is believed that this is the only independent tantalum mineral
    dressing facility in the southern hemisphere outside of Sons of
    Gwalia's operations. The mineral dressing plant has the capacity to
    meet the expanded volume of material that will be produced from the
    Binneringie, Walwa and Mt Deans projects. The plant's capacity would
    also allow for the toll treatment of third party material.

    P Farrah

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