VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 18, 2014) - First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) today announced that it has temporarily suspended normal operations at its Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine in Mauritania due to strike action by some unionized employees.

The Company has sought a negotiated resolution. While these efforts continue, steps are now being undertaken to further scale back management resources at site until a decision to restart normal operations is made.

The Company will provide further updates as warranted.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

G. Clive Newall, President

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For further information visit our website at www.first-quantum.com

Contact Information:

North American contact:
Sharon Loung
Director, Investor Relations
(647) 346-3934 or Toll Free: 1 (888) 688-6577
(604) 688-3818 (FAX)
sharon.loung@fqml.com

United Kingdom contact:
Clive Newall
President
+44 140 327 3484
+44 140 327 3494 (FAX)
clive.newall@fqml.com