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January 13, 2004

Re-Starting of Silver Refinery Commences

Vancouver, B.C., January 13, 2004, Formation Capital Corporation (FCO-TSX) (the Company) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Formation Chemicals, Inc., has commenced the process of re-starting the silver refining section of the Big Creek Hydrometallurgical Complex (“Complex”) located near Kellogg, Idaho. Mr. John L. Allen, Corporate Vice President of Operations and General Manager of Formation Chemicals, Inc. will be overseeing the re-starting process. Mr. Allen has 24 years of mineral processing experience and served for many years in various operating, metallurgical and project development capacities with Sunshine Mining and Refining Company.

In 2003, Formation Chemicals, Inc. received numerous “Expression of Interest Letters” from potential customers that indicated grade and quantity of potential feedstock, that when totaled, exceed the silver refinery’s current capacity of 10,000,000 oz Ag/yr. The Company is in the process of notifying these potential customers that the refinery is expected to be operational for the processing of high content silver materials by mid 2004.

Mr. Michael T. Perry joined Formation Chemicals, Inc. on January 1, 2004 as Comptroller for the Kellogg, Idaho operation. Mr. Perry holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management degree from the University of Phoenix. He brings with him extensive experience in the metallurgical and general accounting fields specifically required for this operation and is intimately familiar with the Complex and its previous operation.

Formation Chemicals, Inc. has successfully identified additional candidates to fill other critical job functions. Interviews for key positions such as Human Resource Director, Manager of Metallurgy and Senior Chemist are in progress with final selection and offers of employment expected this week.

Various contractors are on site performing equipment maintenance, repair, and general cleanup. Additional contractors are scheduled to install modifications to branch electrical circuits, setup computer systems and begin service on the Complex’s ventilation and air conditioning system. Formation Chemicals, Inc. intends to use local area contractors and personnel whenever possible.

With the hiring of key personnel, the Safety Rules Manual for future employees has been completed. As well, Formation Chemicals’ Safety Training Program has been developed and awaits review by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Formation Capital Corporation is dedicated to the principles of environmentally sound mining and refining practices, and believes that environmental stewardship and mining can co-exist. The Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol FCO.

Formation Capital Corporation
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