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Objective Capital's Industrial Metals, Minerals & Investment Summit 2010 London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 3 November 2010 Speaker: Richard Poulden, Sirius Minerals

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  • 1. INDUSTRIAL METALS, MINERALS AND MINEABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT SUMMIT 2010 LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY WEDNESDAY, 30 NOV 2010 www.ObjectiveCapitalConferences.com The Chinese agricultural revolution and building the new potash powerhouse Richard Poulden Deputy Chairman, Sirius Minerals

2. BUILDING THE NEW POTASH POWERHOUSE Objective Capital Investment Summit 3 November 2010 SIRIUS MINERALS PLC 3. Important Notice This document is produced for information only and not in connection with any specific or proposed offer (the Offer) of securities in Sirius Exploration Plc (the Company). 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In particular, any estimates or projections or opinions contained herein necessarily involve significant elements of subjective judgment, analysis and assumptions and each recipient should satisfy itself in relation to such matters. Information in this document must not be relied upon as having been authorized or approved by the Company. Neither the Company nor any other person makes any guarantee, representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the information and opinions contained in this document, the Company any or whatsoever any loss any use of its nor does accept responsibility liability for howsoever arising from this document or contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith. 4. Potash is highly valuable and strategic Sirius is the only globally diversified potash development company and the only potash company quoted in London Multiple projects in OECD countries Committed to becoming a major low cost and low risk producer of potash 2nd value horizon in related environmental technology Experienced development team Investment Overview Globally diversified portfolio of potash projects 5. Board of Directors Comprehensive spread of skills and experience Former Chief Financial Officer and Business Development Director of Fortescue Metals Group during its major growth phase from start-up to multi-billion dollar iron ore producer. Previously Director of Consolidated Rutile, CFO Iluka Resources. Christopher Catlow, Chairman Successful companies in natural resources, healthcare, technology, venture investment. MA Oxford, MBA London/Harvard, merchant banker, Barrister. Richard Poulden, Deputy Chairman Project evaluation for Rio Tinto, Senior Geologist Exploration North America. Experience in copper, lead, zinc, gold, diamonds, iron ore across Russia, Africa, and Europe. Derek Stonley, Director Chairman Z/Yen Group. Seismology, cartography for oil & gas, then financial services. Created global oil industry cartographic standard databases Geodat and Mundocart. Michael Mainelli, Non-Exec Director Photo Photo Photo Photo Intercontinental Hotels Africa and the Middle East. Management buy-in of 25 hotels from Queens Moat Houses plc with Duke Street Capital. Floatation of Top Notch Health Clubs on AIM. Jonathon Harrison, Finance Director Photo 6. Boyd Petrosearch Global geophysics leaders specialising in Potash/Salt exploration Seismic project management and data interpretation experts North Rim Exploration Leading geoscience and engineering group specialising in Potash development Assessment, verification and mine planning capabilities Schlumberger Global drilling expertise, subsurface engineering & project development Technical Partnerships World leading expertise 7. Potash is of critical importance and value Sirius is developing a globally diversified portfolio of potash projects Committed to being a large-scale, low cost, reliable supplier Focused on low risk countries with access to reliable infrastructure Strategy to Create Shareholder Value To become one of the worlds most important potash suppliers 8. Plants require three primary nutrients above all others: Nitrogen (N): promotes protein formation, growth and yield Phosphorus (P): helps root development, photosynthesis, and drought resistance Potassium (K): helps photosynthesis, strengthens cell, increases resistance, and importantly speeds the absorption of N and P NPK fertilizers are vital to the global food supply Potassium has no substitute in plant physiological function Potash has no commercial substitute Potash 101 One of lifes basic building blocks 9. Population Growth More People means More Food Less Land More Food from Less Land Decreasing Soil Quality More fertilisers needed to maintain crop yields = Potash Demand Growth Megatrend: Food Security Complex problem, simple equation, simple answer WORLD WORLD ASIA AFRICA WORLD ASIA AFRICA 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 2020 2040 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 pop. millions World Population Growth Projection 1980 1983 1986 1989 1992 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 ha/p Arable Land per Person Source: United Nations Source: FAO Statistics Division 2009 10. CHINA INDIA 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2009 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 (USD) GNI per Capita Growth in Asia The global diet is changing Increased demand for meat as affluence rises Increased meat production requires increased productivity of animal feed Increased meat demand = Increased potash demand Added Demand Pressure: Protein Demand Making the problem worse, but still a simple solution 0 2 4 6 8 Poultry Pork Beef Common Feed Conversion Ratios Approximate kg Grain Required per kg Meat Source: FAO Statistics Division 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 kg/p Global Meat Consumption Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators 2009 Source: FAO Statistics Division 11. Biofuels have emerged as a potential solution to climate change and energy security Debate c