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Precautionary suspension of Hidden Valley operations following PNG earthquake

15 December 2011

Newcrest advises that the Hidden Valley Joint Venture temporarily suspended operations at the Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) yesterday evening as a precautionary measure following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Lae.

There have been no injuries and investigations have identified no major damage.
Mining activities recommenced this morning and milling operations are expected to resume after structural and electrical inspections in the processing plant have been completed.

Newcrest and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited operate Hidden Valley in a 50:50 Joint Venture.

Newcrest’s Lihir operation in PNG has not been impacted by the earthquake.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Enquiries – North America/Europe

Steve Warner
T: +1 212 351 5064

Investor Enquiries – Australia/Asia

Kim Kerr
T:  +61 3 9522 5316

Media Enquiries

Kerrina Watson
T: +61 3 9522 5593

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