Rosemont Copper Awards EPCM to M3 Engineering and Appoints Mine Manager
DENVER, CO, April 17, 2008 - Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX/AMEX: AZC) (“Augusta”) is pleased
to announce its wholly-owned subsidiary Rosemont Copper Company (“Rosemont” or the “Company”) has
awarded a $56 million engineering, procurement and construction management (“EPCM”) contract to M3
Engineering & Technology Corporation (“M3”) for the development and construction of the Rosemont Copper
mine near Tucson, Arizona. M3 completed the bankable feasibility study for Rosemont back in August 2007,
which was approved by Augusta’s Board for development as a low cost open pit mine with a sulfide
concentrator and SX/EW plant to treat sulfide and oxide mineral reserves.
President and CEO Gil Clausen stated, “In keeping with our objectives established at the start of this year, we
are pleased to move forward with M3 to commence design engineering on this project.”
M3 is a full-service international contractor firm providing engineering, procurement and construction
management services to the minerals industry, with offices in Tucson and Chandler in Arizona, as well as
Zacatecas and Hermosillo in Mexico. Founded in 1986 with a current staff of over 450 employees, M3 has
engineered and managed some $4.0 billion in mining projects, and notably, has won numerous recognitions
including the prestigious 2005 AISC Engineering Award for Excellence and the American Mining Hall of Fame’s
2007 Mining Foundation of the Southwest Industry Partnership Award.
Rosemont is also pleased to announce the appointment of Fermin Samorano to the position of Mine Manager.
Mr. Samorano is a professional mining engineer and seasoned operator with both domestic and international
experience in large-scale open pit mining operations, including the implementation of safety, production,
environmental protection, and mine planning programs. He joins Rosemont from Corriente Resources where he
served as the Project Manager for th