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Nevsun Announces Q1 2013 Bisha Operating Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Apr 9, 2013) -

Q1 2013 Operating Highlights

  • Gold production - 42,000 ounces, in line with guidance
  • Ore mined - 475,000 tonnes
  • Waste mined - 1,925,000 tonnes
  • Milled - 432,000 tonnes at 4.14 g/t gold and 79% recovery

Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NSU.TO)(NYSE MKT:NSU) is pleased to announce gold production results of 42,000 ounces for the quarter ending March 31, 2013, which is in line with previous guidance of 80,000 to 90,000 ounces of gold for the first half of 2013.

Waste mined in the quarter was 1,925,000 tonnes for a strip ratio of 5.1 to 1 by volume. The 432,000 tonnes milled was inclusive of a planned two-week mill shut-down for mill re-lining and readying for the copper transition later this year.

The copper phase transition continues on plan, for plant commissioning mid this year.

Full financial results will be released in mid-May 2013.

Forward Looking Statements

The above contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimated," "potential," "possible" and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results "will," "may," "could" or "should" occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements are statements concerning the Company's current beliefs, plans and expectations about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, the risks that: (i) any of the assumptions in the historical resource estimates turn out to be incorrect, incomplete, or flawed in any respect; (ii) the methodologies and models used to prepare the resource and reserve estimates either underestimate or overestimate the resources or reserves due to hidden or unknown conditions, (iii) the mine operations are disrupted or suspended due to acts of god, internal conflicts in the country of Eritrea, unforeseen government actions or other events; (iv) the Company experiences the loss of key personnel; (v) the Company's mine operations are adversely affected by other political or military, or terrorist activities; (vi) the Company becomes involved in any material disputes with any of its key business partners, lenders, suppliers or customers; (vii) the Company is subjected to any hostile takeover or other unsolicited attempts to acquire control of the Company; (viii) the Company is subject to any adverse ruling in any of the pending litigation to which it is a party; or (ix) the Company incurs unanticipated costs as a result of the transition from the oxide phase of the Bisha mining operations to the copper phase in 2013. Other risks are more fully described in the Company's most recent Management Discussion and Analysis, which is incorporated herein by reference. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made and the Company assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements in the future, except as required by law. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements.

Please see the Company's Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012 for a more complete discussion of the risk factors associated with our business.

About Nevsun Resources Ltd.

Nevsun Resources Ltd. is a Vancouver-based mining company with an operating mine in Eritrea. Nevsun's 60%-owned Bisha Mine commenced commercial gold production in February 2011 and is scheduled to transition to copper/gold production in mid-2013. Management expects the Bisha Mine will rank as one of the highest grade open pit base metal deposits in the world.


Cliff T. Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer