Lumwana SAG Mill Commissioning Commences



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    TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ - Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX and ASX symbol:
"EQN") ("Equinox" or the "Company") is pleased to report that the Lumwana
Copper Project's SAG mill (18MW) was fully energized and rotated by the
engineering contractor Ausenco Bateman JV ("ABJV"), using Siemens 'gearless
mill drives' on 28th June. This followed an extensive testing and
commissioning program of the mills, including mechanical, electrical and
electronic tests by the ABJV, FL Schmidt and Siemens. Commissioning of the
primary crusher also commenced last week.
    Responding, Mr. Craig Williams, Equinox's President and CEO stated that:
"The commencement of dynamic rotational testing of the SAG mill represents
another significant milestone in the Lumwana plant's ongoing commissioning
program. The Lumwana Copper Mine is now well into the commissioning phase and
we will keep shareholders informed as we progress towards first concentrate
production."

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Equinox:

    Craig R. Williams - President & Chief Executive Officer


    To view a photo of the Lumwana SAG Mill Rotation, please visit the
following URL: <a href="http://files.newswire.ca/707/Lumwana_SAG_Mill_Rotation.pdf">http://files.newswire.ca/707/Lumwana_SAG_Mill_Rotation.pdf</a>

    Cautionary Language and Forward Looking Statements This press release
contains "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information", which
may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future
financial or operating performances of Equinox, its subsidiaries and their
respective projects, the future price of copper and uranium, the estimation of
mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates,
the timing and amount of estimated future production, estimated costs of
future production, capital, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and
timing of the development of the Lumwana Project, the costs of Equinox's
hedging policy, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for
additional capital, government regulation of exploration, development and
mining operations, environmental risks, reclamation and rehabilitation
expenses, title disputes or claims, and limitations of insurance coverage.
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phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could",
"would", "might", or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. The purpose of
forward-looking information is to provide the reader with information about
management's expectations and plans for the Company. Readers are cautioned
that forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of Equinox and/or its subsidiaries to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors include,
among others, those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors"
in the Company's annual information form, which is available at www.SEDAR.com.
Although Equinox has attempted to identify statements containing important
factors that could cause actual actions, event or results to differ materially
from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other
factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those
anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking information contained
herein are made as of the date of this document based on the opinions and
estimates of management on the date statements containing such forward looking
information are made, and Equinox disclaims any obligation to update any
forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, estimates
or opinions, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance
that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results
and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward
looking information. Technical information in this release is summarized or
extracted from the ''Amended Technical Report on the Lumwana Copper Project,
North Western Province, Republic of Zambia'' dated June 2008 (the ''Technical
Report''), prepared by Michael Davis, Process Manager, Ausenco Ltd.
(''Ausenco''), Ross Bertinshaw, Principal of Golder Associates Pty Ltd.
(''Golder''), Andrew Daley, Director, of Investor Resources Finance Pty Ltd
(''IRF''), Daniel Guibal, Corporate Consultant (Geostatistics and Resources),
of SRK Consulting (Australasia) Pty Ltd ("SRK") and Robert Hanbury, Associate
Director, of Knight Piésold Pty Ltd. (''Knight Piésold''), each of whom is a
''Qualified Person'' in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 -Standards
of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Readers are cautioned not to rely solely
on the summary of such information contained in this release, but should read
the Amended Technical Report which is posted on Equinox's website
(www.equinoxminerals.com) and filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and any future
amendments to such report. Readers are also directed to the cautionary notices
and disclaimers contained herein. All currency in this release is U.S. dollars
unless otherwise stated.





For further information:

For further information: Craig R. Williams (President and Chief
Executive Officer), Michael Klessens (V.P. Finance and CFO), Phone: +61 (0) 8
9322 3318, Email: equinox@equinoxminerals.com; or Kevin van Niekerk (V.P.
Investor Relations/Corporate Development), Phone: (416) 865-3393, Email: 
kevin.van.niekerk@equinoxminerals.com; For information on Equinox and
technical details on the Lumwana Project please refer to the company website
at www.equinoxminerals.com

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