Thompson Creek signs option agreement to acquire up to 75% of high-grade molybdenum deposit

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    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. (the
"Company"), one of the world's largest, publicly traded, pure molybdenum
producers, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Thompson Creek
Metals Company USA ("TCUSA"), has signed an Option Agreement with U.S. Energy
Corp. ("USE") that gives TCUSA an option to acquire up to 75% in USE's Lucky
Jack molybdenum property in Gunnison County, Colorado.
    Under the Option Agreement, TCUSA has made a $500,000 payment to USE upon
signing. Unless the Agreement is sooner terminated, TCUSA will pay $1 million
annually to USE for six years beginning January 1, 2009 and ending January 1,
2014. TCUSA as the project manager will direct additional funds towards the
assessment, environmental permitting, exploration and development of the
    TCUSA can earn the right to acquire a 15% interest in the project by
spending a total of $15 million on the project, including the direct payments
to USE, by June 30, 2011. TCUSA can exercise this right for up to 36 months
after spending such amount. To earn a 50% interest, TCUSA must spend a
cumulative total of $50 million by July 31, 2018.
    After obtaining a 50% interest, TCUSA may elect to form a 50-50 joint
venture with USE for further development, or may choose to raise its interest
up to 75 percent by incurring an additional $350 million in project
expenditures, for a cumulative total $400 million in expenditures and
    TCUSA has the right to withdraw from the project and associated payment
commitments at any time for any reason. TCUSA will not assume any existing
liabilities on or related to the property until it exercises its right to
acquire an ownership interest in the property.
    "We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to become involved in a
project of such high quality," said Kevin Loughrey, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Thompson Creek. "The Lucky Jack Project is one of the
largest, high-grade, undeveloped molybdenum deposits in the world, with a
historical mineral resource in excess of 700 million pounds of molybdenum. The
transaction we have entered into with U.S. Energy allows us to earn our way
into property ownership by spending money to develop the project over a period
up to 10 years, although we hope to advance the project to completion more
quickly. The transaction is also particularly appropriate for Thompson Creek
at this time because it gives the Company access to a world class ore body
without the Company issuing additional shares, which currently are
    "As with any project of this magnitude, there are challenges. However, we
are confident we can develop this deposit in a manner that is environmentally
sound, a boon to the local community, and positive for our shareholders.
Projects such as this represent hundreds of long-term jobs, millions of
dollars of tax revenues, and significant opportunities for the local and state
economies. Gunnison County is fortunate to have an asset of this quality
within its borders.
    "Naturally, we will review the details of the project and take a fresh
look at all aspects of the previously planned development, and we will seek
the input of the residents of the County. In addition, we will work, as we
always do, with local, state, and federal officials and agencies to ensure
that the project is developed in accordance with all applicable laws and
regulations. Fortunately our Company has the experience and resources to
develop and ultimately reclaim the property in a professional, efficient, and
environmentally sound manner," Mr. Loughrey said.

    Summary History of Lucky Jack Project

    The Lucky Jack molybdenum property is one of the largest and highest
grade undeveloped primary molybdenum deposits in the world. The deposit is
located beneath the surface of Mount Emmons, which is in Gunnison County three
miles northwest of Crested Butte, Colorado. The project area is comprised of
approximately 5,400 acres of patented and unpatented mining claims and
millsite claims. The property is currently held and controlled (100%) by U.S.
Energy Corp. (NASDAQ Capital Market: USEG).
    Exploration activity conducted in the 1970s led to the discovery of the
deposit (then known as the Mount Emmons deposit). By 1983, an estimated
$150 million had been reportedly spent on the property acquisition, water
rights, exploration, ore body delineation, mine planning, metallurgical
testing and other activities involving the mineral deposit. The ore body has
been delineated by a total of approximately 190,770 feet of core drilling on
the property.
    A 1998 mineral resource estimate based on the concept of underground
mining with a 6,000 tons per day mill was summarized in an April 10, 2007
Behre Dolbear & Company Inc. technical report filed on Sedar by Kobex
Resources Ltd. It showed a historical mineral resource of 166,654,000 tons
grading 0.38% MoS(2) (0.228% Mo) at a cutoff grade of 0.2% MoS(2) (0.12% Mo).
This resource contains 760 million pounds of molybdenum (Mo).
    The historical estimates are the most recent estimates available, and
Thompson Creek believes them to be relevant. However, the estimates should not
necessarily be relied upon. Thompson Creek has not done the work necessary to
have the historical estimates verified by a qualified person. The historical
estimates were prepared under CIM standards in 1998, however they do not meet
the current CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves
adopted in 2005 and the historical resource classification has also not been
further categorized into measured and indicated mineral resources. Thompson
Creek is not treating the historical estimates as a current mineral resource
estimate under National Instrument 43-101.
    Ken Collison, P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer, Thompson Creek Metals
Company Inc., who is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has
reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.

    About Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.

    Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded,
pure molybdenum producers in the world. The Company owns the Thompson Creek
open-pit molybdenum mine and mill in Idaho, a metallurgical roasting facility
in Langeloth, Pennsylvania and a 75% share of the Endako open-pit mine, mill
and roasting facility in northern British Columbia. Thompson Creek is also
developing the Davidson Deposit, a high-grade underground molybdenum project
near Smithers, B.C. The Company has approximately 800 employees. Its principal
executive office is in Denver, Colorado, and it has other executive offices in
Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia. More information is
available at

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the
meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
and applicable Canadian securities legislation which may include, but is not
limited to, statements with respect to the timing and amount of estimated
future production. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be
identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected",
"budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or
"believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and
phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could",
"would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking
statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Thompson
Creek and/or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future
results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements. Such factors include those factors discussed in
the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Thompson Creek's current annual
information form which is available on SEDAR at and is
incorporated in its Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission which is available at Although
Thompson Creek has attempted to identify important factors that could cause
actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in
forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions,
events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.
Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this
news release and Thompson Creek does not undertake to update any such
forward-looking statements, except in accordance with applicable securities
laws. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to
be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from
those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not
to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For further information:

For further information: Wayne Cheveldayoff, Director of Investor
Relations, Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc., Tel: (416) 860-1438, Toll free:
1-800-827-0992,; Dan Symons, Renmark Financial
Communications Inc., Tel.: (514) 939-3989,

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