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Western Canadian Coal and Cambrian Mining Combine To Create a Larger, Stronger Coal Company

May 20, 2009

VANCOUVER, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – The independent directors of Western Canadian Coal Corp. (AIM: WTN and TSX: WTN, WTN.DB, WTN.WT) (“Western” or the “Company” and the “Western Independent Directors”) are pleased to announce that Western has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Western will acquire, by way of a UK scheme of arrangement, all of the issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Cambrian Mining Plc (AIM: CBM) (“Cambrian” and the “Cambrian Independent Directors”) (the “Acquisition”).

The combined operations of Western, a Canadian producer of high quality metallurgical coal, and Cambrian, a UK based diversified mining company operating in three continents, will result in a financially stronger and more diversified coal mining company. The combination of these two companies is an excellent strategic fit, as Cambrian, with a 34% interest in Western’s common shares and C$29 million ownership of Western’s convertible debentures, has been instrumental in developing Western’s mines and bringing them into operation.

The Acquisition values Cambrian at approximately (pnds stlg)67.4 million (or C$120 million) and each Cambrian Share at 57 pence based on the Closing Price of one Western Share of 76 pence on May 19, 2009, the last Dealing Day prior to the date of this announcement.

Mr. John Byrne, Chairman of Western and Cambrian, comments, “This transaction is demonstrably beneficial to shareholders for both companies. It simplifies the corporate structure and provides a solid foundation for growth. From the Western shareholder’s perspective, Western will acquire 100% of low-cost metallurgical and thermal coal mines in West Virginia, 50.6% of a thermal coal mine in the UK, 45% of Xtract Energy, and 100% of AGD Mining. From the Cambrian shareholders’ perspective, this transaction will remove the holding company discount which we believe has affected the valuation of the company for many years and shareholders will retain a significant interest in a larger and financially stronger group.”

KEY ACQUISITION BENEFITS

The creation of a larger, stronger, and more diversified coal mining company will significantly increase the long-term growth prospects of the combined company. The key benefits of the Acquisition are:

    -   Globally diversified operations, with operating coal mines in three
        key coal producing regions (Western Canada, West Virginia and Wales,
        UK;
    -   Product diversification with the introduction of thermal coal to the
        existing product mix of hard coking coal and low-vol PCI coal;
    -   Sales diversification with a more balanced sales program into Asia,
        Europe and the USA;
    -   An expansion of coal reserves and resources by 39% and 50%,
        respectively;
    -   Increased size with the 100% increase in the current's coal
        production to approximately 3.5 million tonnes, with the potential to
        grow to over 10 million tonnes per year;
    -   Cost savings through reduced overhead, marketing and operational
        synergies;
    -   A simplified ownership structure that will increase the public float
        of shares by 55%.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

On completion of the merger, the board of Western will continue to be John Brodie, John Byrne, Robert Chase, John Conlon, John Hogg, who will also continue to be Western’s President & CEO, Charles Pitcher and Julian Treger.

TERMS OF THE ACQUISITION

The Acquisition will be carried out by way of a scheme of arrangement of Cambrian under English law, involving a reduction of capital under English law, pursuant to which all of the issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Cambrian (other than treasury shares or shares held by Western) will be cancelled, new shares issued to Western and Cambrian will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western.

Under the Acquisition, holders of ordinary shares in Cambrian (“Cambrian Shareholders” and “Cambrian Shares”) will receive 0.75 common shares in Western (“Western Shares”) for every 1 Cambrian Share held. Upon completion of the Acquisition, Western will issue approximately 88.6 million new common shares, representing approximately 29.5% of Westerns issued and outstanding shares, as increased by this issue, but before any adjustment for the approximately 72.1 million common shares that the Cambrian Group will continue to hold upon the Scheme becoming effective. Upon cancellation of those shares, the new Western common shares will represent approximately 38.9% of Western’s issued and outstanding shares.

Irrevocable agreements to vote in favour of the Acquisition have been secured from Audley European Opportunities Master Fund Limited, in respect of approximately 24.7% of Cambrian’s ordinary shares (other than treasury shares or shares held by Western).

Full details of the Acquisition will be included in the Management Information Circular of Western and Scheme Document of Cambrian, which will be mailed to the Western shareholders and Cambrian shareholders, respectively. The documents are expected to be filed with the appropriate regulatory authorities and mailed to the applicable company’s shareholders by May 26, 2009.

The Acquisition is subject to the usual regulatory and court approvals and to obtaining the approval of a minimum 75% by value and more than 50% by number approval of those shares voted at a meeting of the shareholders of Cambrian, and the majority approval of the minority shareholders of Western, being all shareholders of Western other than Cambrian, Audley European Opportunities Master Fund Limited and their respective associates and affiliates, at a special meeting of the shareholders of Western. Western will be holding a shareholder meeting on June 24, 2009. The parties expect that the Acquisition will close in early July 2009.

ADVISORS

Western’s financial advisors are Cormark Securities Inc. (Cormark) and Cenkos Securities plc, who is also the Company’s nominated advisor (NOMAD). Lawson Lundell LLP (Canada) and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP (England) are Western’s legal counsel. Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP is acting as legal counsel to Western’s Independent Directors.

Cambrian’s financial advisor and NOMAD is Singer Capital Markets Limited. Goodmans LLP in Canada and Trowers & Hamlins LLP in the UK are acting as external legal counsel to Cambrian. Cambrian’s Canadian financial advisors are GMP Securities LLP.

BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

Based on the recommendation of the special committee of the Western Independent Directors, as well as a formal valuation and fairness opinion of Cormark, the board of directors of Western (with directors that also serve on Cambrian’s board and Julian Treger abstaining from voting) have unanimously approved the Acquisition and will be recommending that the shareholders of Western approve the Acquisition. The board of directors of Cambrian (with directors that also serve on Western’s board abstaining from voting) have also unanimously approved the Acquisition and the Cambrian Independent Directors will be recommending that the Cambrian Shareholders approve the Acquisition.

CONFERENCE CALL

Western will be hosting a conference call to present the Acquisition at 10:30am (Pacific) on May 20, 2009. To listen to the call, dial either 1-800-731-5319 or 416-644-3426. The call will also be webcast live on the Company’s website at www.westerncanadiancoal.com. Accompanying presentation slides will also be available on the Company’s website.

About Cambrian Mining Plc

Cambrian Mining Plc is a diversified mining group, headquartered in London, UK. Cambrian operates in three continents and produces four commodities. The Cambrian Group produces metallurgical coal, thermal coal, gold and antimony from four locations; West Virginia USA, Western Canada, Wales and Victoria, Australia. Cambrian’s customers are located in Asia, Western Europe and USA. Cambrian actively looks for growth through acquisitions and organic development. For more information, visit www.cambrianmining.com.

About Western Canadian Coal Corp

Western Canadian Coal Corp. produces high quality metallurgical coal from mines located in north eastern British Columbia. The coal is sold to many of the top steelmakers in the world. Western also has interests in various coal properties in northern and southern British Columbia and a 50% interest to explore and develop the Belcourt and Saxon group of properties in northern British Columbia. For more information, visit www.westerncanadiancoal.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, information concerning the proposed business combination between Western and Cambrian and matters relating thereto. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “does not anticipate”, or “believes” or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, or “will be taken”, “occur”, or “be achieved”. Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the information is made, and is based on a number of assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Assumptions upon which such forward-looking information is based include, without limitation, that the shareholders of Western and Cambrian will approve the Acquisition, that all required third party, court, regulatory and governmental approvals to the Acquisition will be obtained and all other conditions to the making of any offer and/or the completion of the Acquisition will be satisfied or waived. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Western and Cambrian and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from results anticipated by such forward-looking information include changes in market conditions, variations in coal recovery rates, risks relating to international operations, fluctuating coal prices and currency exchange rates, changes in project parameters, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, the business of the companies not being integrated successfully or such integration proving more difficult, time consuming or costly than expected as well as those risk factors discussed in the Annual Information Form for the year ended March 31, 2008 for Western available on www.sedar.com and the June 30, 2008 Annual Report for Cambrian available in Cambrian’s website at www.cambrianmining.com. Although Western and Cambrian have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. 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. Western and Cambrian undertake no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

The Announcement made today is in accordance with the Rule 2.5 of the UK Takeover Code. The 2.5 announcement follows.

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    20 May 2009

       Recommended proposal for the acquisition of Cambrian Mining Plc
                       by Western Canadian Coal Corp.
            to be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement
          and extension to Cambrian's US $27million 6.750 per cent.
                         unsecured convertible notes

    Summary

    -   The Cambrian Independent Directors and the Western Independent
        Directors are pleased to announce the terms of a recommended proposal
        for the acquisition by Western of the whole of the issued and to be
        issued ordinary share capital of Cambrian. It is intended that the
        Proposal will be effected by way of a scheme of arrangement of
        Cambrian under section 899 of the Companies Act 2006.

    -   Under the Proposal, Scheme Shareholders will receive 0.75 new Western
        Shares for every 1 Cambrian Share held.

    -   The Proposal values the entire issued ordinary share capital of
        Cambrian at approximately (pnds stlg)67.4 million and each Cambrian
        Share at 57.0 pence based on the Closing Price of one Western Share
        of 76 pence on 19 May 2009, being the last Dealing Day prior to the
        date of this announcement.

    -   Based on yesterday's Closing Price of a Western Share, the
        consideration under the Proposal represents:

        -  a premium of approximately 246 per cent. to the Closing Price of a
           Cambrian Share of 16.5 pence on 15 December 2008, being the last
           Dealing Day prior to the commencement of the Offer Period; and
        -  a premium of approximately 27 per cent. to the Closing Price of a
           Cambrian Share of 44.75 pence on 19 May 2009, being the last
           Dealing Day prior to this announcement.

    -   In agreeing to the cancellation of their Cambrian Shares in exchange
        for the receipt of Western Shares, the Cambrian Independent Directors
        believe that Cambrian Shareholders will benefit from continuing to
        hold an investment in the same underlying assets while gaining a more
        direct investment in Western's assets. In addition, by being part of
        the Enlarged Group, Cambrian will benefit from:

        -  a transaction that is consistent with Cambrian's stated strategy
           of transforming into an operating mining company;
        -  a strengthened balance sheet;
        -  increased capital market scale and increased share liquidity;
        -  improved prospects of retaining existing, and attracting new
           personnel through an enhanced group profile and scale synergies;
           and
        -  simplification of the structure of the Cambrian Group.

    The Western Independent Directors believe that the Proposal will allow
    Western to benefit from the creation of a larger, stronger, and more
    diversified coal mining company, which will significantly increase the
    long-term prospects of the combined company. The key benefits are:

        -  globally diversified operations, with operating coal mines in
           three key coal producing regions (Western Canada, West Virginia
           and Wales);
        -  product diversification with the introduction of thermal coal to
           the existing product mix of hard coking coal and low-vol PCI coal;
        -  sales diversification with a more balanced sales program into
           Asia, Europe and the USA;
        -  an expansion of coal reserves and resources by 39 per cent. and 50
           per cent. respectively;;
        -  increased size with the 100 per cent. increase in the current's
           coal production to approximately 3.5 million tonnes, with the
           potential to grow to 10 million tonnes per year;
        -  cost savings through reduced overhead, marketing and operational
           synergies; and
        -  a simplified ownership structure that will increase the public
           float of shares by 55 per cent.

    -   The Cambrian Independent Directors, who have been so advised by
        Singer, consider the terms of the Proposal to be fair and reasonable.
        In providing its advice to them, Singer has taken into account the
        commercial assessment of the Cambrian Independent Directors. Further
        important background to the recommendation is given in the full
        announcement.

    -   The Cambrian Independent Directors will recommend that Cambrian
        Shareholders vote in favour of the resolution to approve the Scheme
        to be proposed at the Court Meeting and vote in favour of the Special
        Resolution to be proposed at the General Meeting.

    -   The Proposal will be put to Cambrian Shareholders at the Court
        Meeting and at the General Meeting, which are expected to be held on
        23 June 2009. To become effective, the Scheme must be approved by a
        majority in number of the holders of Cambrian Shares present and
        voting at the Court Meeting, either in person or by proxy,
        representing not less than three fourths in value of the Scheme
        Shares that are voted at the Court Meeting. In addition, a special
        resolution implementing the Scheme and sanctioning the related
        reduction of share capital must be passed by Cambrian Shareholders
        representing 75 per cent. of the votes cast at the General Meeting.

    -   The Scheme is a "related party transaction" for the purposes of
        Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security
        Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"), the applicable
        Canadian securities law that governs certain transactions which raise
        the potential for significant conflicts of interest, including
        related party transactions. Pursuant to the requirements for a
        related party transaction under MI 61-101 in addition to any other
        required security holder approval that may be required in order to
        complete a related party transaction, Western must obtain the
        approval of at least a simple majority of the votes cast by
        "minority" holders of Western Shares. The "minority" holders of
        Western Shares for the purposes of the Scheme are all Western
        Shareholders other than Cambrian, the Audley Fund, their respective
        associates and affiliates, and any related party of any of them, and
        any person acting jointly or in concert with any of them.

    -   An irrevocable undertaking to vote in favour of the Scheme and the
        resolutions at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting has been
        secured in respect of, in aggregate, 29,142,484 Cambrian Shares,
        representing approximately 24.7 per cent. of the existing Cambrian
        Shares.

    -   It is expected that the Scheme Document will be posted on 22 May 2009
        and that the Scheme will become effective on 13 July 2009, subject to
        the satisfaction of the Conditions set out in Appendix I.

    -   It is expected that a Management Information Circular will be posted
        to Western Shareholders no later than 26 May 2009.

    -   Cenkos Securities is acting as financial adviser to Western and no
        one else in connection with the Offer. Singer is acting as financial
        adviser to Cambrian and no one else in relation to the Proposal.
        Cormark Securities is acting as financial adviser to Western. GMP
        Securities LP is acting as financial adviser to Cambrian.

    -   The Cambrian Noteholders have agreed to an amendment to the current
        terms and conditions of the Cambrian Notes. The principal terms of
        the amendments are as follows:

        -  a ninety day extension of the term so that the maturity date is
           extended from 23 May 2009 to 21 August 2009;
        -  interest rate increase from 6.75 per cent. to 15.0 per cent. per
           annum during the extension period, payable monthly in arrears;
        -  in the event that the Scheme becomes effective, Cambrian will be
           required to redeem the Cambrian Notes in full within five business
           days of the Effective Date; and
        -  additional covenants are given by Cambrian in relation to Cambrian
           and its subsidiaries which are deemed relatively standard for an
           agreement of this type.

The obligation to redeem the Cambrian Notes in full within five business days of the Scheme becoming effective will also fall on the Enlarged Group from such date.

The Chairman of both Western and Cambrian, Mr John Byrne, commented:

“This transaction is demonstrably beneficial to shareholders. It simplifies the corporate structure and provides a solid foundation for growth.

From a Western shareholder’s perspective Western acquires 100 per cent. of ADC, 50.6 per cent. of Energybuild, 45.3 per cent. of Xtract and 100 per cent. of AGD Mining.

From the Cambrian shareholder’s perspective, this transaction will remove the holding company discount which has affected the valuation of the company for many years and shareholders will retain a significant interest in a larger and financially stronger group.”

    Enquiries in relation to Cambrian please contact:

    Cambrian Mining Plc      Mark Burridge / Braam Jonker   +44 20 7409 0890

    Singer Capital Markets   Jeff Keating / Gareth Price    +44 20 3205 7500
    Scott Harris             Stephen Scott / Ian Middleton  +44 20 7653 0030

    Enquiries in relation to Western please contact:

    Western Canadian Coal
     Corp.                   David Jan                       +1.604.694.2891

    Cenkos Securities plc    Ivonne Cantu / Adrian Hargrave +44 20 7397 8920

    Barnes McInerney (media) Camilla Bartosiewicz           +1 416 367 5000
                                                             Ext. 240

This summary should be read in conjunction with the full text of the attached announcement (including the Appendices).

Terms used in this summary shall have the meaning given to them in the full announcement. All times referred to are London times unless otherwise stated.

This announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer to sell or an invitation to purchase or to subscribe for any securities pursuant to the Proposal or otherwise or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction. The Proposal will be made solely through the Scheme Document, which will contain the full terms and conditions of the Proposal, including details of how to vote in respect of the Proposal. Any approval or other response to the Proposal should be made only on the basis of the information in the Scheme Document. Cambrian and Western Shareholders are advised to read carefully the formal documentation in relation to the Proposal once it has been dispatched.

The availability of the Proposal to persons not resident in the United Kingdom may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdiction. Any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the UK should inform themselves about and observe any applicable requirements. New Western Shares in the hands of certain US Persons are subject to certain restrictions noted in paragraph 15 of the announcement.

Copies of this announcement are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws of that jurisdiction and persons receiving this announcement (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or otherwise send it in, or into or from any such jurisdiction. Further details in relation to overseas shareholders will be contained in the Scheme Document.

This announcement has been prepared in accordance with English Law, the Takeover Code and the AIM Rules and information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside England. The Proposal will be subject to the applicable rules and regulations of the Financial Services Authority, the London Stock Exchange and the Takeover Code.

This announcement, including information included or incorporated by reference in this announcement, may contain “forward-looking statements” concerning the Cambrian Group and the Western Group. Generally, the words “will”, “may”, “should”, “continue”, “believes”, “expects”, “intends”, “anticipates” or similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond the companies’ abilities to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions and the behaviours of other market participants, and therefore undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Cambrian and Western assume no obligation and do not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required pursuant to applicable law.

Singer, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting for Cambrian and no one else in connection with the matters described in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Cambrian for providing the protections afforded to customers of Singer or for providing advice in relation to the Proposal or any other matters referred to in this announcement.

Cenkos Securities, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting exclusively as financial adviser for Western and no one else in connection with the Proposal and will not be responsible to anyone other than Western for providing the protections afforded to customers of Cenkos Securities or for providing advice in relation to the contents of the Proposal or any matters referred to in this announcement.

Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code, if any person is, or becomes, “interested” (directly or indirectly) in 1 per cent. or more of any class of “relevant securities” of Cambrian, all “dealings” in any “relevant securities” of Cambrian (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such “relevant securities”) must be publicly disclosed by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction. This requirement will continue until the date on which the Scheme becomes effective or lapses or is otherwise withdrawn or on which the “offer period” otherwise ends. If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire an “interest” in “relevant securities” of Cambrian, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Takeover Code, all “dealings” in “relevant securities” of Cambrian, by Western, or by any of their respective “associates”, must be disclosed by no later than 12.00 noon (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction.

A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose “relevant securities” “dealings” should be disclosed, and the number of securities in issue, can be found on the Panel’s website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk.

“Interests in securities” arise, in summary, when a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an “interest” by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities.

Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Takeover Code, which can also be found on the Panel’s website. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required to disclose a “dealing” under Rule 8, you should consult the Panel.

Appendix I sets out the conditions to implementation of the Proposal and the Scheme.

Appendix II contains the definitions of terms used in this announcement.

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    20 May 2009

       Recommended proposal for the acquisition of Cambrian Mining Plc
                       by Western Canadian Coal Corp.
            to be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement
     and extension to Cambrian's US $27million 6.75 per cent. unsecured
                              convertible notes

1. Introduction

Further to the announcements by Cambrian and Western on 24 December 2008, the Cambrian Independent Directors and the Western Independent Directors are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended proposal for the acquisition by Western of the whole of the issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Cambrian. The Proposal is to be effected by way of a scheme of arrangement of Cambrian under section 899 of the Companies Act involving a reduction of capital under section 135 of the 1985 Act, which requires approval by the Cambrian Shareholders (other than Western) and the sanction of the Court. Upon the Scheme becoming effective, Scheme Shareholders will receive 0.75 New Western Shares for every Scheme Share held. No fractions of New Western Shares will be allotted.

The Cambrian Noteholders of the US$27 million 6.750 per cent. unsecured Cambrian Notes have agreed to an amendment to the current terms and conditions of the Cambrian Notes. The principal terms of the amendments are as follows:

    -   a ninety day extension of the term so that the maturity date is
        extended from 23 May 2009 to 21 August 2009;
    -   interest rate increase from 6.75 per cent. to 15.0 per cent. per
        annum during the extension period, payable monthly in arrears;
    -   Cambrian is required to redeem the Cambrian Notes in full within five
        business days of the Scheme becoming effective; and
    -   additional covenants are given by Cambrian in relation to Cambrian
        and its subsidiaries which are deemed relatively standard for an
        agreement of this type.

The obligation to redeem the Cambrian Notes in full within five business days of the Scheme becoming effective will also fall on the Enlarged Group from such date.

2. Summary of the terms of the Proposal

The Proposal is to be effected by way of a Court sanctioned scheme of arrangement of Cambrian under section 899 of the Companies Act involving a reduction of capital under section 135 of the 1985 Act. The scheme is subject to the Conditions and the further terms set out in Appendix I of this document. If the Scheme becomes effective, the Scheme Shares will be cancelled and Cambrian will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Western.

In consideration for the cancellation of the Scheme Shares, Scheme Shareholders will receive:

            0.75 New Western Shares for every 1 Scheme Share Held

The Proposal values the entire issued ordinary share capital of Cambrian at approximately (pnds stlg)67.4 million and each Cambrian Share at 57.0 pence based on the Closing Price of one Western Share of 76.0 pence on 19 May 2009, being the last Dealing Day prior to the date of this announcement.

Based on yesterday’s Closing Price of a Western Share, the consideration under the Proposal represents:

    -   a premium of approximately 246 per cent. to the Closing Price of a
        Cambrian Share of 16.5 pence on 15 December 2008, being the last
        Dealing Day prior to the commencement of the Offer Period; and
    -   a premium of approximately 27 per cent. to the Closing Price of a
        Cambrian Share of 44.75 pence on 19 May 2009, being the last Dealing
        Day prior to this announcement.

Assuming no further shares are issued by Cambrian prior to the Scheme becoming effective, implementation of the Scheme would involve the issue by Western of up to approximately 88.6 million New Western Shares for the existing issued Cambrian Shares, excluding the Treasury Shares. This would represent approximately 38.9 per cent. of Western’s issued share capital, as enlarged by this issue, excluding the approximately 72.1 million Western Shares that the Cambrian Group will continue to hold immediately following the Scheme becoming effective and it would represent approximately 29.5 per cent. of Western’s enlarged share capital including the Cambrian Group’s shareholding. Under British Columbia corporate law common shares of a company held by a subsidiary of that company may not be voted on any matters relating to such company, and subject to tax and other structuring considerations, the 72.1 million Western Shares owned by the Cambrian Group may be cancelled, in which case the New Western Shares issued to Cambrian Shareholders will represent 38.9 per cent. of Western’s issued share capital.

The Scheme will become effective upon the sanctioning by the Court of the Scheme and of the Reduction of Capital and the delivery to the Registrar of Companies of a copy of the Orders which, subject to the Court’s timetable, is expected to occur by close of business on 13 July 2009.

It is intended that Western will acquire at least one Cambrian Share which will mean that Western will be a member of Cambrian on the Effective Date and accordingly there will be no requirement under section 103 of the Companies Act 1985 for an independent valuation. As its Cambrian Share will not be a Scheme Share which will be cancelled under the Proposal, Western is precluded from voting at the Court Meeting and, accordingly, the Cambrian Share held by Western will not count towards the majorities required to approve the Scheme. Western will, however, undertake to be bound by the Scheme. In addition John Byrne and John Conlon, each of whom is a director of both Western and Cambrian (whose combined shareholdings in Cambrian are 7,711,262 ordinary shares), have indicated that they will not exercise their rights to vote at the Court Meeting.

3. Irrevocable undertakings

The Audley Fund has irrevocably undertaken to exercise (or procure the exercise of) the voting rights in respect of its interest in 29,142,484 Cambrian Shares, (representing approximately 24.7 per cent. of the existing Cambrian Shares) in favour of the resolutions to be proposed at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting. The irrevocable undertaking signed by the Audley Fund will cease to be binding if an Independent Competing Offer is made for Cambrian which is more favourable to the Cambrian Shareholders from a financial point of view.

The Cambrian Independent Directors do not hold any Cambrian Shares but have irrevocably undertaken, inter alia, to recommend the terms of the Proposal. John Byrne and John Conlon have irrevocably undertaken, inter alia, that in the event that Western switch the Scheme to an Offer they will accept the Offer.

4. Background to and reasons for recommending the Proposal

During the last two years, one of Cambrian’s main strategic objectives has been to transform itself from a holding company for mining investments into an operating mining group. Key transactions undertaken during this time to transform the Cambrian Group have included assisting the refinancing and ongoing strategic review of Western; acquiring the outstanding share capital not previously owned by Cambrian in Coal International Plc (now Coal International Limited); continuing to develop Cambrian’s gold/antimony mine at Costerfield, Australia; and the disposal of Cambrian’s interests in Asian Mineral Resources.

Cambrian has had a longstanding significant holding in Western and the Cambrian Directors have for some time been considering Cambrian’s options for this investment. The Proposal represents an opportunity to continue the Cambrian Group’s transformation and to establish an Enlarged Group with a diversified portfolio of assets, including:

    -   100 per cent. ownership of three coal mines and two wash plants in
        north east British Columbia, Canada with reported production for the
        12 month period ended 30 June 2008 of 2.8 million tonnes of
        metallurgical coal;
    -   100 per cent. ownership of two coal mines and two wash plants in West
        Virginia, US, with reported production for the year ended 30 June
        2008 of 0.4 million short tons of metallurgical coal and 0.6 million
        short tons of thermal coal;
    -   50.6 per cent. interest in Energybuild Group Plc (AIM:EBG) with
        reported production for the year ended 30 June 2008 of 0.1 million
        tonnes of thermal coal and sized coal in Wales;
    -   future coal production potential of up to 10 million tonnes per annum
        from existing reserves and resources; and
    -   increased coal reserves and resources

In considering whether to recommend the Proposal, the Cambrian Independent Directors have taken into account a number of factors, including Cambrian’s financial commitments and stated strategy of transforming into an operating mining company.

In agreeing to the cancellation of their Cambrian Shares in exchange for the receipt of Western Shares, the Cambrian Independent Directors believe that by being part of the Enlarged Group, Cambrian’s Shareholders will benefit from:

    -   gaining a more direct investment in Western's assets while continuing
        its investment in the same other assets;
    -   a strengthened balance sheet;
    -   increased capital market scale and increased share liquidity;
    -   improved prospects of retaining existing, and attracting new
        personnel through an enhanced group profile and scale synergies; and
    -   simplification of the structure of the Cambrian Group.

    The Western Independent Directors believe that the Proposal will allow
Western to benefit from the creation of a larger, stronger, and more
diversified coal mining company, which will significantly increase the
long-term prospects of the combined company. The key benefits are:

    -   globally diversified operations, with operating coal mines in three
        key coal producing regions (Western Canada, West Virginia and Wales)
    -   product diversification with the introduction of thermal coal to the
        existing product mix of hard coking coal and low-vol PCI coal;
    -   sales diversification with a more balanced sales program into Asia,
        Europe and the USA;
    -   an expansion of coal reserves and resources by 39 per cent. and 50
        per cent. respectively;
    -   increased size with the 100 per cent. increase in the current's coal
        production to approximately 3.5 million tonnes, with the potential to
        grow to 10 million tonnes per year;
    -   cost savings through reduced overhead, marketing and operational
        synergies; and
    -   a simplified ownership structure that will increase the public float
        of shares by 55 per cent.

5. Recommendation

The Cambrian Independent Directors, having been so advised by Singer, consider the terms of the Proposal to be fair and reasonable. In providing its advice to the Cambrian Independent Directors, Singer has taken into account the commercial assessments of the Cambrian Independent Directors.

Accordingly, the Cambrian Independent Directors consider that the resolutions to be proposed at the Court Meeting and the General Meeting are in the best interests of Cambrian and Cambrian Shareholders. Accordingly, the Cambrian Independent Directors recommend that (i) Cambrian Shareholders vote in favour of the resolution to approve the Scheme to be proposed at the Court Meeting and (ii) Cambrian Shareholders vote in favour of the Special Resolution to be proposed at the General Meeting.

6. Information on Cambrian

Cambrian is an AIM quoted operating mining company that manages and supports operations in coal and gold/antimony mining. The Cambrian Group has been instrumental in supporting the development of a number of mines and moving them into production. These include: Western’s metallurgical coal mines in British Columbia, Canada; metallurgical and thermal coal mines in West Virginia, US; Energybuild’s Aberpergwm coal mine in Wales; as well as a gold and antimony mine in Victoria, Australia.

In addition to its mining operations Cambrian has investments in Xtract Energy Plc, giving it exposure to energy projects and related technologies; and NEMI, which has a 12 per cent. interest in Peace River Coal LP which in turn has metallurgical coal interests in northeast British Columbia.

Financial information in relation to Cambrian will be set out in the Scheme Document.

7. Information on Western

Western’s principal business is the acquisition, exploration and development of coal mining properties and the production and sale of high quality metallurgical coal from mines located in northeast British Columbia, Canada. Western has developed a diversified coal asset base adjacent to or nearby existing infrastructure already established for the northeast coalfields, including rail, port, town and other facilities.

Western holds the rights to two large multi-deposit coal property groups – the Wolverine and Brazion groups of properties, which include approximately 35,000 hectares located in northeastern British Columbia under licence or lease. Additionally, Western holds a 50 per cent. interest in the Belcourt Saxon Coal Limited Partnership, which holds the rights to two additional multi-deposit coal property groups – the Belcourt and Saxon groups of properties, which include more than 50,000 hectares under lease or application held by Belcourt Saxon Coal Limited.

Western’s principal property assets are grouped geographically as follows:

    -   the Perry Creek and EB open-pit deposits (the "Wolverine Project")
        and the Hermann open-pit deposit, all of which are located within
        Western's Wolverine group of coal properties; and
    -   the Brule Mine and Willow Creek Mine which are open-pit mines located
        within Western's Brazion group of coal properties.

Western has demonstrated the economic viability of the Wolverine Mine, Brule Mine, and the Willow Creek Mine through independent technical studies that have been publicly disclosed and are available under Western’s profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

Western has also published an independent technical study on the Belcourt deposits in the Belcourt Saxon group of properties. This study has been publicly disclosed and is available under Western’s profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com

Western also owns or holds an interest in a number of other property assets located in northeast and southeast British Columbia which are at a less advanced stage of development.

Financial information in relation to Western will be set out in the Scheme Document.

8. Management and employees

The board of directors of Western has given assurances to the board of directors of Cambrian that, following the Scheme becoming effective, the existing employment rights of all management and employees of the Cambrian Group will be fully safeguarded.

Immediately after the Scheme has become effective, the management of Western will commence a comprehensive review of the business model, operations and staffing levels and roles within the Cambrian Group. Western expects that this will lead to a reduction in staffing levels as a result of the implementation of various cost synergies and operational efficiencies. However, such steps will only be taken after consultation with the appropriate bodies and/or employee representatives in accordance with legal obligations. Western does not currently intend to redeploy the fixed assets of Cambrian to an extent that would have a material impact on the business of Cambrian.

Western has confirmed to the board of directors of Cambrian that its current plan for the Cambrian Group following the Scheme becoming effective does not involve any material change in the terms and conditions of employment of the Cambrian Group employees and there are currently no plans to change the principal office location of Cambrian.

Following the Scheme becoming effective, the board of directors of Western will continue to be comprised of the current members of the board, including John Byrne and John Conlon. John Hogg, Western’s current CEO, will continue as the CEO of Western. The directors of Cambrian and each of its wholly-owned subsidiaries will step down from the respective boards of those companies shortly after the Effective Date and members of the management of Western will be appointed in their place. It is the current intention that Mark Burridge will stand down as CEO of Cambrian shortly after the Effective Date.

9. Structure of the Scheme

The Acquisition is to be effected by way of a scheme of arrangement. The Scheme is an agreement between Cambrian and the holders of Scheme Shares (as defined in the Scheme) under section 899 of the Companies Act and is subject to the sanction of the Court.

It is proposed that, under the Scheme, all the Scheme Shares in issue prior to the Voting Record Time will be cancelled and that the reserve arising from such cancellation will be applied in paying up in full a number of new Cambrian Shares (having the same aggregate nominal value as is equal to the aggregate nominal value of the Scheme Shares cancelled) and issuing them to Western in consideration for which the holders of the cancelled Scheme Shares will receive New Western Shares on the basis set out below. Any further Scheme Shares issued before the Reduction Record Time and in respect of which the holders are or have consented to be bound by the Scheme will also be subject to the Scheme.

Scheme Shareholders who are on the register of members of Cambrian at the Scheme Record Time will receive 0.75 New Western Shares for every 1 Cambrian Share. No fractions of New Western Shares will be allotted.

Cambrian Shares issued after the Reduction Record Time will not be subject to the Scheme. Accordingly, it is proposed that the Articles be amended so that Cambrian Shares issued after the Reduction Record Time (other than to Western or a nominee of Western) will be automatically acquired by Western or a nominee of Western on the same terms as under the Scheme.

Any Cambrian Shares issued to holders of Options and Warrants on exercise of their Options and Warrants after the Reduction Record Time will not be included in the Scheme and such holders of Options or Warrants will not be bound by the Scheme. The amendments to the Articles to be proposed at the General Meeting will provide that any person acquiring Cambrian Shares after the Reduction Record Time will be required to transfer them to Western on the basis that they will receive the same number of New Western Shares to which they would have been entitled had their shares been subject to the Scheme.

It is expected that the Scheme will become effective on the close of business on 13 July 2009. The Scheme is subject to the Conditions and certain further terms referred to in Appendix 1 to this document. In particular, the Scheme requires the approval of Cambrian Shareholders (other than Western) by the passing of a resolution at the Court Meeting. The resolution must be approved by a majority in number of the Cambrian Shareholders present and voting, either in person or by proxy, representing not less than three fourths in value of the Cambrian Shares held by such Cambrian Shareholders.

Implementation of the Scheme will also require the passing of the Special Resolution (requiring the approval of Cambrian Shareholders representing at least 75 per cent. of the votes cast at the General Meeting, which will be held immediately after the Court Meeting).

Following the Meetings, the Scheme and the related Reduction of Capital must be sanctioned by the Court and will only become effective upon delivery to the Registrar of Companies of a copy of the Order sanctioning the Scheme and, in relation to the Reduction of Capital, the registration of such Order by the Registrar of Companies.

If the Scheme becomes effective, the terms will be binding on all Scheme Shareholders irrespective of whether or not they attended or voted in favour of the Scheme at the Court Meeting or in favour of the Special Resolution at the General Meeting.

The Panel has confirmed, having consulted with Singer, Cenkos Securities and Arbuthnot Corporate Finance (Energybuild’s independent financial adviser for the purposes of Rule 3 of the Takeover Code), and the independent directors of Energybuild, that, as a consequence of the Scheme becoming effective, Western will not be required to make a mandatory offer under Rule 9 of the Takeover Code for the Energybuild shares not already held by Cambrian.

The Scheme is a “related party transaction” for the purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61 – 101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101″), the applicable Canadian securities law that governs certain transactions which raise the potential for significant conflicts of interest, including related party transactions. Pursuant to the requirements for a related party transaction under MI 61-101, in addition to any other required securityholder approval that may be required, in order to complete a related party transaction, Western must obtain the approval of at least a simple majority of the votes cast by “minority” holders of Western Shares. The “minority” holders of Western Shares for the purposes of the Scheme are all Western Shareholders other than Cambrian, the Audley Fund, their respective associates and affiliates, and any related party of any of them, and any person acting jointly or in concert with any of them.

The Acquisition is deemed to be a related party transaction for Western under the AIM Rules. The Western Independent Directors, having consulted with Cenkos Securities, Western’s nominated advisor, consider that the terms of the acquisition are fair and reasonable as far as the independent shareholders of Western are concerned.

10. Cancellation of admission of Cambrian Shares to trading on AIM

Prior to the Scheme becoming effective, application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for Cambrian Shares to be suspended from trading on AIM with effect from 7.00 a.m. on the day of the Court Hearing. If the Scheme becomes effective, based on the expected timetable, the last day of dealings in Cambrian Shares on AIM is expected to be 6 July 2009 (being the Dealing Day immediately prior to the Hearing Date).

On the Effective Date, share certificates for Scheme Shares will cease to be valid and should be destroyed. In addition, entitlements to Scheme Shares held within the CREST system will be cancelled on the Effective Date. Based on the expected timetable the last date for registration of transfers of Cambrian Shares is expected to be 3 July 2009. No transfers of Cambrian Shares (other than transfers to Western or any nominee(s) of Western) will be registered after the Scheme Record Time.

11. Amendment to Cambrian Notes Conditions

Cambrian has agreed with the Noteholders that the conditions to the Cambrian Notes be amended as follows:

    -   the maturity date of the Cambrian Notes was extended from 23 May 2009
        to 21 August 2009;

    -   during this "extension period", the rate of interest payable on the
        Cambrian Notes has increased to 15.0 per cent. per annum payable
        monthly in arrears on each of 23 June 2009, 23 July 2009 and on
        maturity on 21 August 2009 (or, if earlier, on (and up to (but
        excluding)) the date of redemption in accordance with the amended
        conditions);

    -   Cambrian agreed to certain additional covenants of a standard nature
        (subject in each case to certain permitted exceptions) throughout the
        extension period which restrict Cambrian and its subsidiaries from
        undertaking certain transactions without the consent of Noteholders.
        These restrictions include, among others, the following:

        (a) the declaration or payment of any dividend or distribution, the
            purchase or redemption of any shares, or payments in relation to
            any other "Indebtedness" (as defined) save for certain permitted
            indebtedness or making of certain investments, save for certain
            permitted investments;

        (b) the incurrence of new "Indebtedness" other than certain permitted
            debt;

        (c) the creation of any further "Security Interests" (as defined),
            subject to certain permitted security interests (for example,
            those granted in the ordinary course of business);

        (d) transactions with affiliates (for example payments and disposals)
            save for the Proposal and certain other permitted exceptions; and

        (e) other than with or to Western, in circumstances where Western has
            the obligation to redeem the Cambrian Notes, the consolidation or
            merger with, or the disposal of all or substantially all assets
            to, another entity. The Proposal and the assumptions of such
            obligations to redeem the Cambrian Notes set out in the Western
            Agreement described below is permitted.

    -   in the event that Cambrian raises equity or debt capital or
        consummates a permitted disposal of assets (other than for these
        purposes the sale of mined resources in the ordinary course of
        business), then Cambrian shall be obliged to apply the balance of
        such proceeds net of costs and expenses and net of an amount of up to
        US$2.5 million in aggregate for the purposes of the working capital
        requirements of Cambrian and its subsidiaries towards redemption of
        the Cambrian Notes (after paying Cambrian's secured creditors in the
        case of the proceeds of an asset disposal);

    -   Cambrian will be required to redeem the Cambrian Notes in full with
        accrued interest thereon within five business days of the date on
        which the Scheme becomes effective; and

    -   the amended conditions also include new events of default, namely in
        circumstances where the Proposal comprises consideration other than
        entirely in shares of Western, and where interest is paid by Cambrian
        or its subsidiaries prior to the new maturity date under its secured
        loan from Western.

12. Western Agreement

Pursuant to an agreement dated 20 May 2009, entered into between Western, the Noteholders and Cambrian (“Western Agreement”), Western agreed that conditional (i) on a written resolution of the Noteholders being duly passed and (ii) upon and with effect from the Scheme becoming effective, Western will, or will procure that Cambrian or another member of the Western group of companies will, redeem the Cambrian Notes in full together with the interest thereon to (but excluding) the date of such redemption in accordance with the amended conditions of the Cambrian Notes, by no later than five business days from the date when the Scheme has become effective. Under the terms of the Western Agreement, the Noteholders have agreed that such redemption will constitute a full and final discharge of Cambrian’s obligations to redeem the Cambrian Notes under the amended Conditions of the Cambrian Notes.

13. Disclosure of interests in Cambrian

As at the close of business on 19 May 2009, the last practicable Business Day prior to the date of this announcement, no member of the Western Group had any interest in the relevant securities of Cambrian. It is intended that Western will acquire at least one Cambrian Share which will mean that Western will be a member of Cambrian on the Effective Date and accordingly there will be no requirement under Section 103 of the Companies Act 1985 for an independent valuation. Western will be precluded from voting at the Court Meeting. Western has provided a US$36,000,000 loan facility to CIH (“Loan”) subject to certain conditions. The Loan became unconditional and was advanced to CIH on January 21, 2009. Each of Cambrian and Coal International Limited have guaranteed the obligations of CIH under the Loan and the Loan is secured against the assets of the Cambrian Group by way inter alia of fixed and floating charges. The Loan has been reduced by the prepayment by Western to Cambrian of CAN$5,000,0000 plus accrued interest pursuant to a loan agreement dated September 13 2007. Further details relating to the Loan will be set out in the Scheme Document.

14. Combination Agreement

Western and Cambrian have entered into the Combination Agreement which sets out, among other things, various matters in relation to the implementation of the Scheme, the conduct of Cambrian’s and Western’s business prior to the effective date, an inducement fee payable by Cambrian in certain circumstances, and non-solicit undertakings. Further details of the Combination Agreement and inducement fee arrangements will be set out in the Scheme Document.

Cambrian has agreed to pay Western an inducement fee of (pnds stlg)0.674m if Western terminates the agreement due to the failure by Cambrian’s shareholders to approve the requisite resolutions, the Court failing to sanction the Scheme, the directors of Cambrian failing to recommend or withdrawing their recommendation to its shareholders or Cambrian breaching the non-solicitation undertakings. Cambrian has undertaken not to solicit an alternative acquisition proposal from a third party but may consider or respond to an unsolicited proposal in certain circumstances.

15. Overseas shareholders

Overseas shareholders should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable requirements in the relevant jurisdiction. It is the responsibility of each Overseas Shareholder to satisfy himself as to the full observance of the laws of the relevant jurisdiction in connection therewith, including the obtaining of any governmental, exchange control or other consents which may be required, or the compliance with other necessary formalities which are required to be observed and the payment of any issue, transfer or other taxes due in such jurisdiction. It is the responsibility of Cambrian Shareholders who are citizens, residents or nationals of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom to ensure that the correct rate of postage is paid before returning the enclosed Forms of Proxy. Western may in its sole discretion determine that New Western Shares shall not be allotted and issued to a Scheme Shareholder under the Scheme, but shall instead be allotted and issued to a UK nominee appointed by Western as trustee and sold by the trustee for the benefit of such persons at the best price reasonably obtainable, if Western is advised that the allotment and issue of New Western Shares to such Scheme Shareholder would infringe the laws of any jurisdiction or would require Western to observe any governmental or other consent or any registration, filing or other formality with which Western is unable to comply or compliance with which Western regards as unduly onerous, or Western is unable to so determine without obtaining advice and Western in its sole discretion determines that, since the Scheme Shareholders in the relevant jurisdiction hold a de minimis percentage of the issued share capital of the Company (excluding the Treasury Shares), the cost of obtaining such advice would be disproportionately burdensome. Western would expect to seek the agreement of the Panel to such course of action except where the Scheme Shareholders in the relevant jurisdiction hold less than a de minimis percentage of Cambrian’s issued share capital (excluding the Treasury Shares).

Further details in relation to overseas shareholders will be contained in the Scheme Document.

16. General

This announcement is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, any offer to sell or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Proposal or otherwise. The Proposal will be made solely through the Scheme Document, which will contain the full terms and conditions of the Proposal, including details of how to vote in respect of the Proposal. Any acceptance of or other response to the Proposal should be made only on the basis of the information in the Scheme Document.

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom should inform themselves about, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. Any failure to comply with the applicable requirements may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies involved in the proposed Proposal disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.

This announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law, the Takeover Code and the AIM Rules, and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Any person (including, without limitation, any custodian, nominee and trustee) who would, or otherwise intends to, or who may have a contractual or legal obligation to, forward this announcement and/or the Scheme Document and/or any other related document to any jurisdiction outside the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements of their jurisdiction before taking any action.

US Holders should note that the Scheme will relate to the shares of a United Kingdom company that is a “foreign private issuer” as defined under Rule 3b-4 under the US Exchange Act , and will be governed by English law. Accordingly, the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act will not apply to the Scheme. In addition, a transaction effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules under the US Exchange Act. Moreover the Scheme will be subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in the United Kingdom to schemes of arrangement, which differ from the disclosure requirements of the US proxy solicitation rules and tender offer rules. Financial information included in the Scheme Document will have been prepared in accordance with accounting standards applicable in the United Kingdom that may not be comparable in all respects with accounting standards applicable to financial statements of US companies prepared in accordance with the US generally accepted accounting principles and that are subject to US auditing and auditor independence standards. It may be difficult for Scheme Shareholders who are US Persons to enforce any rights and claims they may have arising under the US securities laws in respect of the Scheme.

This announcement is not an offer for the sale of securities in the US and the New Western Shares which will be issued in connection with the Proposal have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act or under the securities laws of any state in the United States and are being issued in reliance upon the exemption from registration provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the US Securities Act. New Western Shares issued pursuant to Section 3(a)(10) of the US Securities Act may be resold without restriction by any former Scheme Shareholder in the US who is not an affiliate of Cambrian immediately before the Effective Date or who is not an affiliate of Cambrian after the Effective Date. Former Scheme Shareholders in the US who are affiliates of Cambrian immediately before the Effective Date or who are affiliates of Cambrian after the Effective Date are subject to resale restrictions under the US Securities Act and may not resell New Western Shares in the US in the absence of an exemption from registration under the US Securities Act and may resell New Western Shares outside the US only pursuant to such an exemption or pursuant to the provisions of Regulation S. US Holders are urged to consult their legal advisers to determine the availability of applicable resale provisions.

This announcement, including information included or incorporated by reference in this announcement, may contain “forward-looking statements” concerning the Cambrian Group and the Western Group. Generally, the words “will”, “may”, “should”, “continue”, “believes”, “expects”, “intends”, “anticipates” or similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond the companies’ abilities to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions and the behaviours of other market participants, and therefore undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Cambrian and Western assume no obligation and do not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required pursuant to applicable law.

Cenkos Securities, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority, is acting exclusively for Western and no one else in connection with the Proposal and will not be responsible to anyone other than Western for providing the protections afforded to customers of Cenkos Securities, nor for providing advice in relation to the contents of the Proposal or any other matters referred to in this announcement.

Singer, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority in the UK, is acting for Cambrian and no one else in connection with the Proposal and will not be responsible to anyone other than Cambrian for providing the protections afforded to customers of Singer nor for providing advice in relation to the Proposal or any other matters referred to in this announcement.

Appendix I sets out the conditions to implementation of the Proposal and the Scheme.

Appendix II contains the definitions of terms used in this announcement.

                                 Appendix I

                Conditions to Implementation of the Proposal

    1.  The Proposal is conditional upon the Scheme becoming unconditional
        and becoming effective, subject to the Takeover Code, by not later
        than 31 July 2009 or such later date (if any) as Cambrian and Western
        may agree and the Court may allow. The Scheme is conditional upon:

        (a)  the approval by a majority in number representing three-fourths
             in value of the holders of Cambrian Shares present and voting,
             either in person or by proxy, at the Court Meeting (or any
             adjournment thereof);

        (b)  the resolutions set out in the notice of the General Meeting
             required to approve and implement the Scheme being duly passed
             by the requisite majority at the General Meeting (or any
             adjournment thereof);

        (c)  the Court Sanction being obtained (with or without
             modifications, but subject to any such modifications being on
             terms acceptable to Cambrian and Western) and a copy of the
             Order being delivered for registration to the Registrar of
             Companies;

        (d)  confirmation of the Reduction of Capital by the Court (with or
             without modification, but subject to any such modifications
             being on terms acceptable to Cambrian and Western), and a copy
             of the Reduction Court Order and a minute of such reduction
             attached thereto being filed with the Registrar of Companies and
             registered by him;

        (e)  the resolutions required to approve and implement the
             Acquisition each being duly passed by the requisite majority at
             the Western Meeting (or any adjournment thereof); and

        (f)  permission being granted for the admission of the New Western
             Shares to trading on AIM and listing and posting for trading on
             the TSX.

    2.  Western and Cambrian have agreed that the Proposal is conditional
        upon the following matters, and, accordingly, the necessary action to
        make the Proposal effective will not be taken unless such Conditions
        (as amended if appropriate) have been satisfied or waived:

        (a)  Authorisations

             (i) all Authorisations in any jurisdiction which Western or
                 Cambrian reasonably deem necessary for or in respect of the
                 Proposal, its implementation or any acquisition of any
                 shares in, or control of, Cambrian or any other member of
                 the Wider Cambrian Group by any member of the Western Group
                 having been obtained in terms and in a form satisfactory to
                 Western and Cambrian acting reasonably from any relevant
                 person or authority or from any person or body with whom any
                 member of the Wider Cambrian Group or Wider Western Group
                 has entered into material contractual arrangements and all
                 such Authorisations remaining in full force and effect and
                 there being no intimation of any intention to revoke or not
                 renew the same; and

            (ii) all material Authorisations necessary to carry on the
                 business of (a) any member of the Wider Cambrian Group and
                 (b) any member of the Wider Western Group remaining in full
                 force and effect and there being no notification of any
                 intention to revoke or not to renew the same; and

           (iii) all necessary filings, or applications having been made and
                 all applicable waiting and other periods (including
                 extensions of such periods) having expired, lapsed or been
                 terminated and all applicable statutory or regulatory
                 obligations in any jurisdiction in respect of the Proposal
                 having been complied with, in each case, in respect of the
                 acquisition of any shares in or control of, Cambrian by
                 Western.

        (b)  Regulatory Intervention

             Save as Disclosed, no relevant person having taken, instituted,
             implemented or threatened any legal proceedings, or having
             required any action to be taken or otherwise having done
             anything or having enacted, made or proposed any statute,
             regulation, order or decision or taken any other step and there
             not continuing to be outstanding any statute, regulation, order
             or decision that would or might reasonably be expected to (in
             each case to an extent which is material and adverse in the
             context of the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group
             (as the case may be) taken as a whole):

             (i)    make the Proposal, its implementation or the acquisition
                    or proposed acquisition of any shares in, or control or
                    management of, the Wider Cambrian Group by Western
                    illegal, void or unenforceable; or

             (ii)   otherwise directly or indirectly prevent, prohibit or
                    otherwise restrict, restrain, delay or interfere with the
                    implementation of, or impose additional conditions or
                    obligations with respect to or otherwise challenge or
                    require amendment of, the Proposal or the proposed
                    acquisition of Cambrian by Western or any acquisition of
                    Cambrian Shares by Western; or

             (iii)  require, prevent or delay the divestiture (or alter the
                    terms of any proposed divestiture), by or result in any
                    delay to Western of any shares or other securities in
                    Cambrian; or

             (iv)   impose any limitation on the ability of any member of the
                    Wider Western Group or any member of the Wider Cambrian
                    Group to acquire or hold or exercise effectively,
                    directly or indirectly, any rights of ownership of shares
                    or other securities or the equivalent in any member of
                    the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group or to
                    exercise management control over any member of the Wider
                    Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group (as the case
                    may be) taken as a whole; or

              (v)   require, prevent or delay the disposal by Western or any
                    member of the Wider Western Group or Cambrian or any
                    member of the Wider Cambrian Group, of all or any part of
                    their respective businesses, assets or properties or
                    impose any limitation on the ability of any of them to
                    conduct their respective businesses or own their
                    respective assets or properties; or

             (vi)   require any member of the Wider Western Group or of the
                    Wider Cambrian Group to offer to acquire any shares or
                    other securities (or the equivalent) in any member or any
                    other assets of the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider
                    Western Group owned by any third party (in each case,
                    other than in implementation of the Proposal); or

            (vii)   impose any material limitation on the ability of any
                    member of the Wider Western Group or the Wider Cambrian
                    Group to integrate or co-ordinate its business, or any
                    part of it, with the businesses or any part of the
                    businesses of any other member of the Wider Western Group
                    and/or the Wider Cambrian Group; or

           (viii)   result in any member of the Wider Western Group or the
                    Wider Cambrian Group ceasing to be able to carry on
                    business under any name under which it presently does so;
                    or

             (ix)   (save as related to matters that generally affect
                    entities conducting similar businesses) and adversely
                    affect any or all of the businesses, assets or financial
                    condition or trading position or profits or prospects of
                    any member of the Wider Western Group or the Wider
                    Cambrian Group;

             and all applicable waiting and other time periods during which
             any such relevant person could institute, or implement or
             threaten any legal proceedings, having expired, lapsed or been
             terminated.

        (c) Consequences of the Proposal

            Save as Disclosed, there being no provision of any agreement to
            which any member of the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western
            Group is a party, or by or to which any such member, or any part
            of their assets, is or may be bound, entitled or subject, which
            would as a consequence of the Proposal or of the acquisition or
            proposed acquisition of all or any part of the issued share
            capital of, or change of control or management of, Cambrian or
            any other member of the Cambrian Group result in (in each case to
            an extent which is material and adverse in the context of the
            Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group (as the case may
            be) taken as a whole):

            (i)     any material assets or interests of any member of the
                    Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group being or
                    failing to be disposed of or charged in any way or
                    ceasing to be available to any member of the Wider
                    Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group or any rights
                    arising under which any such asset or interest could be
                    required to be disposed of or charged in any way or could
                    cease to be available to any member of the Wider Cambrian
                    Group or the Wider Western Group; or

            (ii)    any moneys borrowed by, or other indebtedness (actual or
                    contingent) of, or any grant available to, any member of
                    the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group being
                    or becoming repayable or capable of being declared
                    repayable immediately or earlier than the repayment date
                    stated in such agreement or the ability of such member of
                    the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group to
                    incur any such borrowing or indebtedness becoming or
                    being capable of becoming withdrawn, inhibited or
                    prohibited; or

            (iii)   any such agreement or the rights, liabilities,
                    obligations or interests of any such member under it
                    being terminated or materially and adversely modified or
                    affected or any onerous obligation arising or any
                    material adverse action being taken under it; or

            (iv)    the interests or business of any such member in or with
                    any third party (or any arrangements relating to any such
                    interests or business) being terminated or adversely
                    modified or affected; or

            (v)     the financial or trading position or prospects or value
                    of any member of the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider
                    Western Group being materially prejudiced or materially
                    and adversely affected; or

            (vi)    the creation of any mortgage, charge or other security
                    interest over the whole or any part of the business,
                    property or assets of any member of the Wider Cambrian
                    Group or any such security (whenever arising or having
                    arisen) becoming enforceable or being enforced; or

            (vii)   any member of the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider
                    Western Group ceasing to be able to carry on business
                    under any name under which or on the terms on which it
                    currently does so or any person presently not able to
                    carry on business under any name under which any member
                    of the Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group
                    currently carries on business becoming able to do so; or

            (viii)  the creation of actual or contingent material liabilities
                    by any member of the Wider Cambrian Group other than in
                    the ordinary course of trading; or

              (ix)  the ability of any member of the Wider Cambrian Group or
                    the Wider Western Group to carry on its business being
                    materially and adversely affected,

            and no event having occurred which, under any provision of any
            such agreement to which any member of the Wider Cambrian Group or
            the Wider Western Group is a party, or by or to which any such
            member, or any of its assets, may be bound, entitled or subject
            above, could result in any of the events or circumstances as are
            referred to in sub-paragraphs (i) to (ix) above inclusive.

        (d) No Corporate Action Taken Since the Accounting Date (Cambrian)
            Since the Accounting Date, save as otherwise Disclosed or
            pursuant to transactions in favour of Cambrian or a wholly-owned
            subsidiary of Cambrian, no member of the Wider Cambrian Group
            having (in each case to an extent which is material and adverse
            in the context of the Wider Cambrian Group taken as a whole):

            (i)     issued or agreed to issue or authorised or proposed the
                    issue or grant of additional shares of any class or
                    securities convertible into or exchangeable for, or
                    rights, warrants or options to subscribe for or acquire,
                    any such shares or convertible securities (save pursuant
                    to the issue of Cambrian Shares on the exercise of
                    Disclosed Cambrian share options or warrants); or

            (ii)    redeemed, purchased, repaid or reduced or announced the
                    redemption, purchase, repayment or reduction of any part
                    of its share capital or other securities or made,
                    authorised or proposed or announced the making of any
                    other change to its share or loan capital; or

            (iii)   recommended, declared, paid or made or proposed to
                    recommend, declare, pay or make any dividend, bonus issue
                    or other distribution whether payable in cash or
                    otherwise other than dividends lawfully paid to Cambrian
                    or wholly owned subsidiaries of Cambrian; or

            (iv)    (save for transactions between two or more wholly owned
                    members of the Cambrian Group) merged or demerged with or
                    from, or acquired, any body corporate or authorised or
                    proposed or announced any intention to propose any such
                    merger or demerger; or

            (v)     other than in the ordinary course of business acquired or
                    disposed of, transferred, mortgaged or charged, or
                    created or granted any security interest over, any
                    material assets (including shares and trade investments)
                    or authorised or proposed or announced any intention to
                    propose any acquisition, disposal, transfer, mortgage,
                    charge or creation or grant of any such security
                    interest; or

            (vi)    (save for transactions between two or more wholly owned
                    members of the Cambrian Group) issued or authorised or
                    proposed the issue of any debentures or incurred or
                    increased any borrowings, indebtedness or liability
                    (actual or contingent); or

            (vi)    entered into or varied, or authorised or proposed the
                    entry into or variation of, or announced its intention to
                    enter into or vary, any transaction, arrangement,
                    contract or commitment (whether in respect of capital
                    expenditure or otherwise) which is material and of a long
                    term, onerous or unusual nature or magnitude (other than
                    to a nature and extent which is normal in the context of
                    the business concerned or which is or could involve
                    obligations which would or might reasonably be expected
                    to be so long, onerous or unusual in nature or magnitude)
                    or which is restrictive to the existing business of any
                    member of the Wider Cambrian Group (other than to a
                    nature and extent which is normal in the context of the
                    business concerned or which is or could involve
                    obligations which would or might reasonably be expected
                    to be so restrictive) or which is not in the ordinary
                    course of business; or

            (viii)  entered into, implemented, effected, authorised or
                    proposed or announced its intention to enter into,
                    implement, effect, authorise or propose any material
                    contract, reconstruction, amalgamation, scheme,
                    commitment or other transaction or arrangement other than
                    in the ordinary course of business; or

            (ix)    waived or compromised any material claim (other than in
                    the ordinary course of business); or

            *     entered into or varied or made any offer (which remains
                    open for acceptance) to enter into or vary the terms of
                    any material contract with any of the directors or senior
                    executives of Cambrian or any of the directors or senior
                    executives of any other member of the Wider Cambrian
                    Group; or

            (xi)    taken or proposed any corporate action or had any legal
                    proceedings instituted or threatened against it or
                    petition presented for its winding-up (voluntary or
                    otherwise), dissolution or reorganisation or for the
                    appointment of a receiver, administrator, administrative
                    receiver, trustee or similar officer of all or any
                    material part of its assets and revenues or for any
                    analogous proceedings or steps in any jurisdiction or for
                    the appointment of any analogous person in any
                    jurisdiction; or

            (xii)   been unable, or admitted in writing that it is unable, to
                    pay its debts or has stopped or suspended (or threatened
                    to stop or suspend) payment of its debts generally or
                    ceased or threatened to cease carrying on all or a
                    substantial part of its business; or

            (xiii)  made any material alteration to its memorandum or
                    articles of association, or other incorporation
                    documents; or

            (xiv)   disposed of or acquired any assets or businesses or
                    offered or agreed to the same for an amount in aggregate
                    of pnds stlg 500,000 or more (or in the case of disposals
                    where the book value was in aggregate greater than pnds
                    stlg 500,000), entered into or offered or agreed to enter
                    into or announced any arrangement which requires
                    expenditure or the foregoing of revenue by the Wider
                    Cambrian Group of an amount in aggregate of greater than
                    pnds stlg 500,000; or

            (xv)    entered into any agreement or passed any resolution or
                    made any offer (which remains open for acceptance) or
                    proposed or announced any intention with respect to any
                    of the transactions, matters or events referred to in
                    this condition 2(d) other than in the ordinary course of
                    business.

        (e) Other Events Since the Accounting Date (Cambrian)

            In the period since the Accounting Date, save as Disclosed:

            (i)     no litigation or arbitration proceedings, prosecution,
                    investigation or other legal proceedings having been
                    announced, instituted, threatened or remaining
                    outstanding by, against or in respect of, any member of
                    the Wider Cambrian Group or to which any member of the
                    Wider Cambrian Group is or may become a party (whether as
                    claimant, defendant or otherwise) which in any case,
                    would be likely to have a material adverse effect on the
                    financial position of the Wider Cambrian Group; and

            (ii)    no event, change or condition has occurred or become
                    known to Cambrian which has resulted in or could be
                    reasonably expected to have a material adverse change or
                    a material deterioration in the business or assets or
                    financial or trading position, assets, liabilities or
                    profits or prospects of any member of the Wider Cambrian
                    Group; and

            (iii)   no enquiry or investigation by, or complaint or reference
                    to, any relevant person or authority against or in
                    respect of any member of the Wider Cambrian Group having
                    been threatened, announced, implemented or instituted or
                    remaining outstanding by, against or in respect of, any
                    member of the Wider Cambrian Group which in any case,
                    would be likely to have a material adverse effect on the
                    financial position of the Wider Cambrian Group taken as a
                    whole; and

            (iv)    no contingent or other liability having arisen or become
                    apparent or increased which in any case, would be likely
                    to have a material adverse effect on the financial
                    position of the Wider Cambrian Group taken as a whole;
                    and

            (v)     the business of the Wider Cambrian Group has been carried
                    on in the usual and ordinary course in all material
                    respects.

        (f) No Corporate Action Taken Since the Accounting Date (Western)

            Since the Accounting Date, save as otherwise Disclosed or
            pursuant to transactions in favour of Western or a wholly-owned
            subsidiary of Western, no member of the Wider Western Group
            having (in each case to an extent which is material and adverse
            in the context of the Wider Western Group taken as a whole):

            (i)     issued or agreed to issue or authorised or proposed the
                    issue or grant of additional shares of any class or
                    securities convertible into or exchangeable for, or
                    rights, warrants or options to subscribe for or acquire,
                    any such shares or convertible securities (save pursuant
                    to the issue of Western Shares on the exercise of
                    Disclosed Western options or warrants); or

            (ii)    redeemed, purchased, repaid or reduced or announced the
                    redemption, purchase, repayment or reduction of any part
                    of its share capital or other securities or made
                    authorised or proposed or announced the making of any
                    other change to its share or loan capital; or

            (iii)   recommended, declared, paid or made or proposed to
                    recommend, declare, pay or make any dividend, bonus issue
                    or other distribution whether payable in cash or
                    otherwise other than dividends lawfully paid to Western
                    or wholly owned subsidiaries of Western; or

            (iv)    (save for transactions between two or more wholly owned
                    members of the Western Group) merged or demerged with or
                    from, or acquired, any body corporate or authorised or
                    proposed or announced any intention to propose any such
                    merger or demerger; or

            (v)     other than in the ordinary course of business acquired or
                    disposed of, transferred, mortgaged or charged, or
                    created or granted any security interest over, any
                    material assets (including shares and trade investments)
                    or authorised or proposed or announced any intention to
                    propose any acquisition, disposal, transfer, mortgage,
                    charge or creation or grant of any such security
                    interest; or

            (vi)    (save for transactions between two or more wholly owned
                    members of the Western Group) issued or authorised or
                    proposed the issue of any debentures or incurred or
                    increased any borrowings, indebtedness or liability
                    (actual or contingent); or

            (vii)   entered into or varied, or authorised or proposed the
                    entry into or variation of, or announced its intention to
                    enter into or vary, any transaction, arrangement,
                    contract or commitment (whether in respect of capital
                    expenditure or otherwise) which is material and of a long
                    term, onerous or unusual nature or magnitude (other than
                    to a nature and extent which is normal in the context of
                    the business concerned or which is or could involve
                    obligations which would or might reasonably be expected
                    to be so long, onerous or unusual in nature or magnitude)
                    or which is restrictive to the existing business of any
                    member of the Wider Western Group (other than to a nature
                    and extent which is normal in the context of the business
                    concerned or which is or could involve obligations which
                    would or might reasonably be expected to be so
                    restrictive) or which is not in the ordinary course of
                    business; or

            (viii)  entered into, implemented, effected, authorised or
                    proposed or announced its intention to enter into,
                    implement, effect, authorise or propose any material
                    contract, reconstruction, amalgamation, scheme,
                    commitment or other transaction or arrangement other than
                    in the ordinary course of business; or

            (ix)    waived or compromised any material claim (other than in
                    the ordinary course of business); or

            *     entered into or varied or made any offer (which remains
                    open for acceptance) to enter into or vary the terms of
                    any material contract with any of the directors or senior
                    executives of Western or any of the directors or senior
                    executives of any other member of the Wider Western
                    Group; or

            (xi)    taken or proposed any corporate action or had any legal
                    proceedings instituted or threatened against it or
                    petition presented for its winding-up (voluntary or
                    otherwise), dissolution or reorganisation or for the
                    appointment of a receiver, administrator, administrative
                    receiver, trustee or similar officer of all or any
                    material part of its assets and revenues or for any
                    analogous proceedings or steps in any jurisdiction or for
                    the appointment of any analogous person in any
                    jurisdiction; or

            (xii)   been unable, or admitted in writing that it is unable, to
                    pay its debts or has stopped or suspended (or threatened
                    to stop or suspend) payment of its debts generally or
                    ceased or threatened to cease carrying on all or a
                    substantial part of its business; or

            (xiii)  made any material alteration to its notice of articles,
                    or articles or other incorporation documents; or

            (xiv)   disposed of or acquired any assets or businesses or
                    offered or agreed to the same for an amount in aggregate
                    of pnds stlg 500,000 or more (or in the case of disposals
                    where the book value was in aggregate greater than pnds
                    stlg 500,000), entered into or offered or agreed to enter
                    into or announced any arrangement which requires
                    expenditure or the foregoing of revenue by the Western
                    Group of an amount in aggregate of greater than pnds stlg
                    500,000; or

            (xv)    entered into any agreement or passed any resolution or
                    made any offer (which remains open for acceptance) or
                    proposed or announced any intention with respect to any
                    of the transactions, matters or events referred to in
                    this condition 2(f) other than in the ordinary course of
                    business.

        (g) Other Events Since the Accounting Date (Western)

            In the period since the Accounting Date, save as Disclosed:

            (i)     no litigation or arbitration proceedings, prosecution,
                    investigation or other legal proceedings having been
                    announced, instituted, threatened or remaining
                    outstanding by, against or in respect of, any member of
                    the Wider Western Group or to which any member of the
                    Wider Western Group is or may become a party (whether as
                    claimant, defendant or otherwise) which in any case,
                    would be likely to have a material adverse effect on the
                    financial position of the Wider Western Group; and

            (ii)    no event, change or condition has occurred or become
                    known to Western which has resulted in or could be
                    reasonably expected to have a material adverse change or
                    a material deterioration in the business or assets or
                    financial or trading position, assets, liabilities or
                    profits or prospects of any member of the Wider Western
                    Group; and

            (iii)   no enquiry or investigation by, or complaint or reference
                    to, any relevant person or authority against or in
                    respect of any member of the Wider Western Group having
                    been threatened, announced, implemented or instituted or
                    remaining outstanding by, against or in respect of, any
                    member of the Wider Western Group which in any case,
                    would be likely to have a material adverse effect on the
                    financial position of the Wider Western Group taken as a
                    whole; and

            (iv)    no contingent or other liability having arisen or become
                    apparent or increased which in any case, would be likely
                    to have a material adverse effect on the financial
                    position of the Wider Western Group taken as a whole; and

            (v)     the business of the Wider Western Group has been carried
                    on in the usual and ordinary course in all material
                    respects.

        (h) Other Issues (Cambrian)

            Save as Disclosed, Western not having discovered that (in each
            case to an extent which is material and adverse in the context of
            the Wider Cambrian Group taken as a whole):

            (i)     the financial, business or other information disclosed at
                    any time by any member of the Wider Cambrian Group,
                    whether publicly or in the context of the Proposal either
                    contained a material misrepresentation of fact or omitted
                    to state a fact necessary to make the information
                    disclosed not misleading in any material respect; or

            (ii)    any past or present member of the Wider Cambrian Group
                    has failed to comply with any applicable legislation or
                    regulations of any jurisdiction with regard to the
                    release of any contaminant, or that there has otherwise
                    been any such release (whether or not the same
                    constituted noncompliance by any person with any such
                    legislation or regulation, and wherever the same may have
                    taken place), any of which would be reasonably likely to
                    give rise to any liability (whether actual or contingent)
                    or cost on the part of any member of the Wider Cambrian
                    Group and which is material in the context of the Wider
                    Cambrian Group taken as a whole; or

            (iii)   there is or is reasonably likely to be any liability
                    (whether actual or contingent) to make good, repair,
                    reinstate or clean up any property now or previously
                    owned, occupied, operated or made use of or controlled by
                    any past or present member of the Wider Cambrian Group,
                    or in which any such member may now have or previously
                    had an interest under any environmental law or order of
                    any relevant person or third party or otherwise and which
                    is material in the context of the Wider Cambrian Group
                    taken as a whole.

        (i) Other Issues (Western)

            Save as Disclosed, Cambrian not having discovered that (in each
            case to an extent which is material and adverse in the context of
            the Wider Western Group taken as a whole):

            (i)     the financial, business or other information disclosed at
                    any time by any member of the Wider Western Group,
                    whether publicly or in the context of the Proposal either
                    contained a material misrepresentation of fact or omitted
                    to state a fact necessary to make the information
                    disclosed not misleading in any material respect; or

            (ii)    any past or present member of the Wider Western Group has
                    failed to comply with any applicable legislation or
                    regulations of any jurisdiction with regard to the
                    release of any contaminant, or that there has otherwise
                    been any such release (whether or not the same
                    constituted noncompliance by any person with any such
                    legislation or regulation, and wherever the same may have
                    taken place), any of which would be reasonably likely to
                    give rise to any liability (whether actual or contingent)
                    or cost on the part of any member of the Wider Western
                    Group and which is material in the context of the Wider
                    Western Group taken as a whole; or

            (iii)   there is or is reasonably likely to be any liability
                    (whether actual or contingent) to make good, repair,
                    reinstate or clean up any property now or previously
                    owned, occupied, operated or made use of or controlled by
                    any past or present member of the Wider Western Group, or
                    in which any such member may now have or previously had
                    an interest under any environmental law or order of any
                    relevant person or third party or otherwise and which is
                    material in the context of the Wider Western Group taken
                    as a whole.

    3.  Subject to the requirements of the Panel, Western reserves the
        right to waive all or any of the Conditions contained in
        paragraphs 2(a); 2(b) and 2(c); 2(d); 2(e); and 2(h), in whole or
        in part.

    4.  Subject to the requirements of the Panel, Cambrian reserves the
        right to waive all or any of the Conditions contained in
        paragraphs 2(a); 2(b) and 2(c); 2(f); 2(g); and 2(i), in whole or
        in part.

    5.  The Proposal is governed by English law and is subject to the
        jurisdiction of the English courts. The rules of the Takeover
        Code, so far as they are appropriate, apply to the Proposal.

    6.  Western reserves the right to elect to implement the Acquisition by
        way of a takeover offer. In such event, such offer will be
        implemented on the same terms subject to appropriate amendments,
        including (without limitation) an acceptance condition set at
        ninety per cent of the Cambrian Shares to which such offer relates
        (or such a percentage as Western may decide), so far as applicable,
        as those which would apply to the Scheme.

    7.  Western shall be under no obligation to waive or treat as satisfied,
        and Cambrian shall be under no obligation to waive or treat as
        satisfied any of the Conditions in paragraph 2 by a date earlier than
        the latest date for satisfaction thereof, notwithstanding that the
        other Conditions of the Proposal may at such earlier date have been
        waived or fulfilled and that there are at such earlier date no
        circumstances indicating that any of the Conditions may not be
        capable of fulfilment.

    8.  If Western is required by the Panel to make an offer for Cambrian
        Shares under the provisions of Rule 9 of the Takeover Code, Western
        may make such alterations to any of the above Conditions as are
        necessary to comply with the provisions of that Rule.

                                 Appendix II

                                 Definitions

    1985 Act             the Companies Act 1985 (as amended)

    Accounting Date      means, in relation to Cambrian, 30 June 2008; and
                         means, in relation to Western, 31 March 2008

    Acquisition          the recommended acquisition by Western of the entire
                         issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of
                         Cambrian, subject to the Conditions and on the terms
                         set out in this announcement and the Scheme Document

    Admission            admission of the New Western Shares to trading on
                         AIM becoming effective in accordance with the AIM
                         Rules and listing and posting for trading of the New
                         Western Shares on the TSX becoming effective in
                         accordance with the TSX Rules

    AIM                  the Alternative Investment Market operated by the
                         London Stock Exchange

    AIM Rules            the AIM rules for Companies published by the London
                         Stock Exchange governing, inter alia, admission to
                         AIM and the continuing obligations of companies
                         admitted to AIM, as amended from time to time

    Arbuthnot Corporate  Finance the corporate finance division of Arbuthnot
                         Securities Limited, the investment banking
                         subsidiary of Arbuthnot Banking Group plc

    Articles             the articles of association of Cambrian

    Audley Fund          Audley European Opportunities Master Fund Limited

    Authorisations       authorisations, orders, grants, recognitions,
                         confirmations, consents, licences, clearances,
                         certificates, permissions or approvals

    Business Day         any day on which banks are generally open in England
                         and Wales for the transaction of business other than
                         a Saturday or Sunday or public holiday

    Cambrian             Cambrian Mining Plc, company number 4010083

    Cambrian Annual      the audited consolidated report and accounts of
    Report               Cambrian for the period ended on the Accounting Date

    Cambrian Director    a director of Cambrian

    Cambrian Group       Cambrian and its subsidiary undertakings

    Cambrian Independent Mark Burridge, Thomas Button and Charles de
    Directors            Chezelles

    Cambrian Notes       The US$27,000,000 convertible notes of Cambrian
                         constituted by a Trust Deed dated 23 May 2006 and
                         amended by a Supplemental Trust Deed dated 20 May
                         2009

    Cambrian Shares      ordinary shares of 20 pence each in the capital of
                         Cambrian

    Cambrian
    Shareholders         holder(s) of Cambrian Shares

    Combination          the combination agreement dated 20 May 2009 and
    Agreement            entered into between Western and Cambrian

    Cenkos Securities    Cenkos Securities plc

    CIH                  Cambrian Investment Holdings Ltd, company number
                         5838754, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cambrian

    Closing Price        the closing middle market quotation of one Cambrian
                         Share and/or one Western Share as provided by the
                         daily official list of the London Stock Exchange

    Coal International   Coal International Ltd (previously Coal
                         International Plc), a private limited company
                         incorporated in England and Wales with registered
                         number 5293936

    Companies Act        the Companies Act 2006(as amended)

    Conditions           the conditions to the implementation of the Proposal
                         (including the Scheme), which are set out in
                         Appendix I of this announcement

    Consideration        the New Western Shares to be issued to the Cambrian
                         Shareholders pursuant to the Scheme

    Court                the High Court of Justice in England and Wales

    Court Hearing        the hearing by the Court of the application to
                         sanction the Scheme

    Court Meeting        the meeting of Cambrian Shareholders (other than
                         Western) convened by order of the Court pursuant to
                         section 899 of the Companies Act to consider and, if
                         thought fit, approve the Scheme, including any
                         adjournment thereof

    Court Sanction       the sanction (with or without modification) of the
                         Scheme by the Court

    CREST                the relevant system defined in the CREST Regulations
                         in respect of which Euroclear is the operator (as
                         defined in the CREST Regulations)

    CREST Regulations    the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001 (SI
                         2001 # 3755), including any modifications thereof
                         or any regulations in substitution thereof made
                         under section 207 of the Companies Act 1989 and for
                         the time being in force.

    Dealing Day          a day on which the London Stock Exchange is open for
                         business in the trading of securities admitted to
                         AIM

    Disclosed            (i) as disclosed in the Cambrian Annual Report or
                         the Western Annual Report; or

                         (ii) as publicly announced by any member of the
                         Wider Cambrian Group or the Wider Western Group
                         (through a Regulatory Information Service or any
                         other information service made available in the
                         country where the relevant company is listed) prior
                         to the date of this announcement; or

                         (iii) as otherwise fairly disclosed in writing
                         (including facsimile) to Western or its advisers by
                         or on behalf or Cambrian prior to the date of this
                         announcement; or

                         (iv) as otherwise fairly disclosed in writing
                         (including by facsimile) to Cambrian or its advisers
                         by or on behalf of Western prior to the date of the
                         announcement

    Effective Date       the date on which the Scheme becomes effective in
                         accordance with its terms

    Enlarged Group       Western Group as enlarged by the acquisition of the
                         Cambrian Group, subject to the Scheme becoming
                         effective

    Financial Services   the Financial Services Authority acting in its
    Authority            capacity as the competent authority for the purposes
                         of Part VI of the Financial Services and Markets Act
                         2000

    General Meeting      the general meeting of Cambrian to consider any
                         resolution required to approve and implement the
                         Scheme and the Proposal, including any adjournment
                         thereof

    Hearing Date         the date of the Court Hearing

    Independent          the announcement by a third party in accordance with
    Competing Offer      Rule 2.5 of the Takeover Code, before the date of
                         the General Meeting, of a firm intention to make an
                         offer to acquire (or propose a scheme of arrangement
                         in respect of the acquisition of) all of the issued
                         and to be issued ordinary share capital of Cambrian
                         which comprises either a cash offer or proposal or a
                         securities exchange offer or proposal

    LIBOR                London Interbank Offer Rate

    London Stock         London Stock Exchange plc
    Exchange

    Meetings             the Court Meeting and the General Meeting

    NEMI                 NEMI Northern Energy & Mining Inc.

    New Western Shares   the new Western Shares proposed to be issued by
                         Western (credited as fully paid) as consideration
                         under the Proposal

    Noteholders          the beneficial holders of the Cambrian Notes from
                         time to time

    Offer                recommended proposal for the acquisition of Cambrian
                         by Western

    Offer Period         the period commencing on 16 December 2008 (being the
                         date on which Cambrian announced that it had
                         received a preliminary approach in relation to a
                         potential offer being made for Cambrian) and ending
                         on the Effective Date

    Options              options to subscribe for Cambrian Shares

    Orders               the Scheme Court Order and the Reduction Court Order

    Panel                the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers

    Proposal             the Scheme and other matters to be considered at the
                         Meetings

    Reduction Court      the order of the Court confirming the Reduction of
    Order                Capital

    Reduction of Capital the reduction of the share capital of Cambrian under
                         section 135 of the 1985 Act by the cancellation and
                         extinguishing of the Scheme Shares, to be effected
                         as part of the Scheme

    Reduction Record     6:00 pm on the Business Day immediately preceding
    Time                 the Hearing Date

    Registrar of         the Registrar of Companies in England and Wales
    Companies

    Regulation S         Regulation S under the US Securities Act

    Regulatory           any of the services on the list of Regulatory
    Information Service  Information Services maintained by the Financial
                         Services Authority

    Scheme               the proposed scheme of arrangement under section 899
                         of the Companies Act between Cambrian and holders of
                         its Scheme Shares, with or subject to any
                         modification or addition thereto or condition
                         approved or imposed by the Court and agreed by
                         Western and Cambrian

    Scheme Document      the document to be sent to Cambrian Shareholders
                         relating to the Proposal

    Scheme Record Date   the Business Day immediately preceding the Hearing
                         Date

    Scheme Record Time   6.00 p.m. on the Scheme Record Date

    Scheme Shares        means all the Cambrian Shares (except those held by
                         Western and the Treasury Shares):

                         (i) in issue at the date of the Scheme;

                         (ii) (if any) issued after the date of the Scheme
                         and prior to the Voting Record Time;

                         (iii) (if any) issued at or after the Voting Record
                         Time and before the Reduction Record Time, on terms
                         that shares are issued subject to the terms of the
                         Scheme and the holder shall be bound by the Scheme
                         or in respect of which the holder shall have agreed
                         in writing by such time to be bound by the Scheme

    Scheme Shareholders  holders of Scheme Shares

    Singer               Singer Capital Markets Limited

    Special Resolution   the special resolution to be proposed by Cambrian at
                         the General Meeting in connection with, inter alia,
                         the approval of the Scheme and the Reduction of
                         Capital

    Takeover Code        the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

    third party          includes person, firm, company or body

    Treasury Shares      350,000 Cambrian Shares held in treasury

    TSX                  Toronto Stock Exchange

    UK or United         the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
    Kingdom              Ireland

    uncertificated or    recorded on the relevant register as being held in
    in uncertificated    uncertificated form in CREST and title to which by
    form                 virtue of the CREST Regulations may be transferred
                         by means of CREST

    United States or US  the United States of America, its territories and
                         possessions, any state of the United States and the
                         District of Columbia

    US Exchange Act      the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as
                         amended and the rules and regulations thereunder

    US Holder(s)         holder(s) of the applicable security, who is in the
                         United States including a US Person

    US Person            a US Person as defined in Rule 902(K) under
                         Regulation S including, but not limited to any
                         natural person in the United States

    US Securities Act    the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended
                         and the rules and regulations thereunder

    Voting Record Time   in relation to both the Court Meeting and the
                         General Meeting, 6.00 p.m. on the day prior to the
                         day immediately preceding the Court Meeting or, if
                         either the Court Meeting or the General Meeting is
                         adjourned, 6:00 pm on the day prior to the day
                         immediately before the meeting

    Warrants             Warrants to subscribe for Cambrian Shares

    Western              Western Canadian Coal Corp., a company incorporated
                         in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, with
                         registered number 551375

    Western Annual       the audited consolidated report and accounts of
    Report               Western for the period ended on the 31 March 2008

    Western Director     a director of Western

    Western Group        Western and its subsidiaries

    Western Independent  John Brodie, Robert Chase and Charles Pitcher
    Directors

    Western Meeting      the special meeting of the Western Shareholders
                         (including any adjourned or postponed meeting) to be
                         held for the purpose of considering and, if deemed
                         advisable, approving the Western Resolutions

    Western Resolutions  the ordinary resolutions of the Western Shareholders
                         in connection with the approval of the Acquisition

    Western Shares       means the common shares in the capital of Western

    Western Shareholders the holders of Western Shares

    Wider Cambrian       Cambrian, its subsidiary undertakings and its
    Group                associated undertakings

    Wider Western Group  Western, its subsidiary undertakings and its
                         associated undertakings for the avoidance of doubt,
                         excluding the Wider Cambrian Group from the
                         Effective Date

    For the purposes of this announcement, "subsidiary", "subsidiary
undertaking" and associated undertaking" have the respective meanings given to
such terms in the Companies Act.

SOURCE Western Canadian Coal Corp.


Source: newswire



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