Payment of the Forestry Permit Fee for the Çaldag Project, Turkey

3 June 2009 - London: European Nickel PLC ("European Nickel" or the "Company") (AIM, PLUS: ENK) is pleased to announce payment of the forestry permit fee for its Çaldag nickel laterite project in Turkey ("Çaldag"). The payment of US$3.7 million covers the proposed mining area, plant site and location of the heap pads and includes the annual forestry fee, a one-off payment, VAT and stamp duty for the life of the mine. This will now enable European Nickel to commence preparing the site for earthworks and development once the project funding has been completed, which continues to be anticipated during the second half of 2009. For more information, please visit or contact: Simon Purkiss or Andrew Lindsay, European Nickel Tel: 020 7290 3130 Mike Jones or Andrew Chubb, Canaccord Adams Tel: 020 7050 6500 Alex Buck, BuckBias Tel: 020 7244 8053 or Mobile: 07932 740 452 ---END OF MESSAGE--- This announcement was originally distributed by Hugin. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.