Perth, Sep 21, 2006 AEST (ABN Newswire) - A mine development decision is expected by December on a US$45 million gold project being developed in the Philippines by ASX-listed Red 5 Limited.

The Company said today the bankable feasibility study for its 90% owned Siana gold project on the isle of Mindanao, was on track for completion by next month.

Red 5 Exploration Director, Mr Lance Govey, told the Paydirt Asia Pacific Downunder Conference in Perth today that this would allow a mine decision and financing arrangements to be completed by December.

"We expect to be dewatering at Siana by March next year with open-pit pre-stripping commencing no later than May," Mr Govey said.

"The issues of plant supply have been sidestepped - up to 75 weeks now for a ball mill - by sourcing this item from Cebu and the rolls crusher out of Western Australia," he said.

Red 5 is due to commence mining Siana by the second quarter of 2008 at a rate of 60,000 ounces per annum, with the first gold pour scheduled for June 2008.

The project has a total Indicated and Inferred Resource of 14.5 million tonnes grading 2.5 grams per tonne gold for 1.179 million ounces.

Mr Govey told delegates there was considerable potential to extend Siana below its open-pit and drilling was ongoing to scope out a potential Stage 2 development to take the mining underground.

About Asia Pacific Downunder Conference

In September 2006, Paydirt Media will host the first Asia Pacific Downunder Conference in Perth, Western Australia. This conference intends to follow the successful formula set by the Africa Downunder Conference, which has become an internationally respected event. Africa Downunder has, for the past three years, brought together miners, explorers and financiers from Australia and Africa to network and share experiences – with some remarkable success stories emerging. The intention is to do the same with Asia Pacific Downunder: to develop the conference as the premier forum for Australians and South East Asians to explore ways to further unlock the business opportunities and mining potential just waiting to be exposed. The 2006 Conference is being held on 21-22 September 2006 at the Sheraton Perth Hotel.



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