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Anglo Coal Australia and Mitsui Coal Holdings reach a basic agreement to purchase Surat Basin Deposit

Feb. 16, 2007


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Anglo Coal Australia Pty Ltd. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. announced that Anglo Coal Australia ("ACA") and Mitsui Coal Holdings ("Mitsui") executed an agreement to purchase the Collingwood and Ownaview exploration deposits located in the Surat Basin in Central Queensland, Australia.

ACA and Mitsui agreed to purchase the Collingwood and Ownaview deposits from Sennen Resources Ltd ("Sennen"), a listed Canadian resource company, and DJB Coal Pty Ltd. ("DJB"), an Australian mining company, subject to regulatory approvals, Sennen obtaining approval from its shareholders and several other conditions precedent.

The Collingwood and Ownaview deposits have indicated thermal coal resources of 113 Mt and 117 Mt, respectively, adding to ACA and Mitsui's presence in the Surat Basin. ACA and Mitsui hold the Taroom deposit in the same area.

It is ACA and Mitsui's intention to further evaluate the deposits and to progress the development," a spokesperson for both companies said today.

ACA will hold a 51% interest in the deposit and Mitsui 49%.

Map showing the location of the Collingwood and Ownaview deposits Map showing the location of the Collingwood and Ownaview deposits

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