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Lihir Gold Trading Halt

Lihir Gold Limited – request for trading halt In accordance with Listing Rule 17.1, Lihir Gold Limited (LGL) (LGL) requests a trading halt in the ordinary shares of the company, effective immediately. Today the shareholders of LGL will consider and vote on a scheme of arrangement in relation to the proposed acquisition of all the issued shares in LGL by Newcrest Mining Limited (the Scheme Meeting). The Scheme Meeting will commence at 11.00 am (Port Moresby time) on Monday, 23 August 2010. The trading halt is requested to assist LGL manage its disclosure obligations through this period and LGL requests that the trading halt continue until: · the time at which LGL has announced the result of the Scheme Meeting to ASX; or · the commencement of trading on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 (being the second trading day after the trading halt is requested, in accordance with the requirements under ASX Market Rule 16.4.2). In accordance with Listing Rule 3.13.2, LGL proposes to announce the results of the Scheme Meeting to ASX immediately after the Scheme Meeting has concluded. LGL is not aware of any reason why the trading halt should not be granted.