Far West Mining Ltd.
TSX : FWM

Far West Mining Ltd.

April 20, 2010 08:30 ET

Far West Mining Ltd.: Locked Cycle Test With Sea Water Produces Outstanding Concentrate

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) - Far West Mining Ltd. (TSX:FWM) is pleased to report that a locked cycle test using sea water on a composite sample from its Santo Domingo Project in Chile, achieved outstanding results with a copper recovery of 88.5% to a concentrate grading 32.6% Cu. The gold recovery into the copper concentrate was 68%. This result improves on the positive batch tests results using sea water reported earlier in the year.

On February 10, Far West Mining (the Company) reported that metallurgical batch tests using sea water achieved comparable copper recovery results to fresh water tests. The figure below shows grade-recovery curves from optimized batch tests using sea water and fresh water. The results from subsequent locked cycle tests in fresh water and in sea water are displayed as well. The results show the improvement in recovery obtained from the locked cycle tests compared to batch tests and also clearly show the improvement in copper metallurgy in sea water over fresh water.

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An assay sweep for contaminants indicates that the concentrate will be highly saleable. All elements of concern were well below penalty levels. Washing the concentrate with fresh water easily reduces chloride levels of the concentrate to fall within the acceptable range.

The Company has been advised by ALS Chemex that assays for the remainder of the drill holes will not be complete until the week of May 3. The Company plans to release a resource report in June incorporating the new drill hole information. Results of the metallurgical test work are not expected until Q3 2010 and completion of the Pre-Feasibility Study is scheduled for the end of Q4 2010.

The in-house qualified person responsible for the Project is Richard Zimmer, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of the Company who has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.

Far West Mining Ltd. is an international mineral exploration company engaged in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and development of mining properties. The Company has current operations in Chile and Australia.

FAR WEST MINING LTD.

Richard N. Zimmer, P.Eng., President and CEO

For further information investors should review the Company's filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

This news release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address future production, reserve potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company expects to occur, are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Information inferred from the interpretation of drilling results and information concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to be forward looking statements, as it constitutes a prediction of what might be found to be present when and if a project is actually developed. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

The TSX does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

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