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Anglo Platinum's objective is to maintain its position as the leading primary producer of platinum. Project capital spend is now directly related to Platinum's long term ounce requirements.

Twickenham Overall capex: $<2bn
Country South Africa
Ownership 100% Anglo American Platinum
Incremental production 180,000 oz per annum
Full project capex $<2bn
Full production 2021

The current macroeconomic environment has resulted in Anglo American Platinum having to review its capital expenditure over the next three-year period. As a result, Twickenham Platinum Mine project will defer its current ramp-up schedule and enter into a period whereby it is required to stay in business as an operating mine without the support of significant capital funding for the next three years.Development to support the mining scope will be confined to critical ‘fit for purpose’ infrastructure. During this period, Twickenham’s development ore will be toll-treated by neighbouring mines.Additional study work to improve the mine’s business case will be carried out during 2013.

Bathopele Platinum Mine phase 4 Overall capex: $<1bn
Country South Africa
Ownership 100% Anglo American Platinum
Incremental production 65 kozpa refined platinum
Full project capex $<1bn
Full production 2013

Bathopele Mine is situated in the North West province of South Africa, near the town of Rustenburg and within the Western Limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. The mine operates under a mining right covering a total area of 17 square kilometres. Bathopele currently consists of 2 declines namely East and Central which have been established to exploit the UG2 reserves at 280 000 tons per month. Phase 4 is an ore replacement project and a natural progression of the previous phases (1 to 3) and employs a proven mine method. It is a fully mechanised operation that mines the UG2 horizon exclusively. Two types of mechanised equipment are utilised namely Low Profile (LP) and Extra Low Profile (XLP) equipment. The mining layout applied in the LP section is Bord and Pillar and in the XLP section, breast mining layout is applied. The project commenced in 2008 and plans to reach steady state in 2013.

Bathopele Platinum Mine phase 5 Overall capex: $<1bn
Country South Africa
Ownership 100% Anglo American Platinum
Replacement production 136,000 Pt. oz per annum
Full project capex $<1bn
Full production 2017

Bathopele Mine is situated in the North West province of South Africa, near the town of Rustenburg and within the Western Limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. The mine operates under a mining right covering a total area of 17 square kilometres. Bathopele currently consists of 2 declines namely East and Central which have been established to exploit the UG2 reserves at 280 000 tons per month. Phase 5 is an ore replacement project and a natural progression of the previous phases (1 to 4) and employs a proven mine method. It is a fully mechanised operation that mines the UG2 horizon exclusively. Two types of mechanised equipment are utilised namely Low Profile (LP) and Extra Low Profile (XLP) equipment. The mining layout applied in the LP section is Bord and Pillar and in the XLP section, breast mining layout is applied. The project was approved for implementation in December 2011 and plans to reach steady state in 2017. The scope of the project includes exploitation of UG2 to Bathopele Mine’s boundaries by way of extension to the existing Central and East Shafts and makes provision for a new sub-outcrop decline (West Shaft) which is configured per existing declines and connected to Central Shaft by way of an upgraded roadway.

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