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Barrick Completes Joint Venture Agreement With Ma'aden for Jabal Sayid

December 03, 2014

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TORONTO, December 3, 2014 Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (Barrick or the "company") today announced that it has completed the 50/50 joint venture agreement with Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) for the Jabal Sayid copper mine in Saudi Arabia. Jabal Sayid is expected to begin shipping low-cost concentrate in early 2016.

When fully operational, the mine is expected to produce 100 million pounds1 of copper in concentrate per year in its first full five years, with the potential to increase to 130 million pounds1 per year.

"We are excited to move this project into production, working in collaboration with our new partners at Ma'aden," said Kelvin Dushnisky, Co-President.

"Jabal Sayid is a high-quality mine that will be contributing new, low-cost copper production to Barrick in just over a year's time," said Jim Gowans, Co-President.

Jabal Sayid had 1.4 billion pounds of copper in proven and probable reserves as of December 31, 20132. Further exploration work will be carried out within the mining license area and the exploration license area surrounding the mine with the aim of extending the mine life.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Amy Schwalm

Vice President
Investor Relations
Telephone: +1 416 307-7422
Email: aschwalm@barrick.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy Lloyd

Vice President
Communications
Telephone: +1 416 307-7414
Email: alloyd@barrick.com

1 100 percent basis; Barrick's equity interest is 50 percent.

2 100 percent basis; Barrick's equity interest is 50 percent. Calculated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. For a breakdown, see pages 29-37 of Barrick's Form 40-F.

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