Eldorado Gold Corporation
AMEX : EGO
TSX : ELD

Eldorado Gold Corporation

May 12, 2006 08:56 ET

Eldorado Announces First Gold Pour at the Kisladag Gold Mine

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2006) - Paul N. Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Gold Corporation ("Eldorado" the "Company" or "we") (TSX:ELD)(AMEX:EGO), is pleased to announce the first pouring of gold, today, May 12, 2006 at our Kisladag Mine in Western Turkey.

The Company previously (April 21, 2006) announced the start up of the operation. Production at the mine continues to proceed according to the plan with 1,400,000 tonnes of ore presently placed on the leach pad.

"The pouring of the Company's first gold in Turkey is a very special occasion for our shareholders, employees and the local communities, whose efforts and continued support have enabled our success," commented Paul Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Eldorado is a gold producing and exploration company actively growing businesses in Brazil, Turkey and China. With our international expertise in mining, finance and project development, together with highly skilled and dedicated staff, we believe that Eldorado is well positioned to grow in value as we create and pursue new opportunities.

ON BEHALF OF ELDORADO GOLD CORPORATION

Paul N. Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer

Certain of the statements made herein may contain forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of the Securities Act (Ontario). Such forward-looking statements or information include, but are not limited to statements or information with respect to unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual events, or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Specific reference is made to "Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form and Form 40-F dated March 23, 2006. Forward-looking statements herein include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management. Such factors included, amongst others the following: gold price volatility; impact of any hedging activities, including margin limits and margin calls; discrepancies between actual and estimated production, between actual and estimated reserves, and between actual and estimated metallurgical recoveries; mining operational risk; regulatory restrictions, including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability; risks of sovereign investment; speculative nature of gold exploration; dilution; competition; loss of key employees; additional funding requirements; and defective title to mineral claims or property, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form and Form 40-F dated March 23, 2006. We do not expect to update forward-looking statements continually as conditions change and you are referred to the full discussion of the Company's business contained in the Company's reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the U.S.

Eldorado Gold Corporation's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:ELD) and the American Stock Exchange (AMEX:EGO).

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