Crew Gold Corporation
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Crew Gold Corporation

May 29, 2006 08:30 ET

Lefa Gold Operation; Crew Increases Ore Reserves

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - May 29, 2006) - Crew Gold Corporation ("Crew" or the "Company") (TSX:CRU) (OSE:CRU) (FWB:KNC) (OTCBB:CRUGF):

Crew is pleased to announce an increase in total ore reserves to 2.51 million ounces in and around its 85% owned LEFA gold deposits on the Dinguiraye Concession in Guinea, West Africa. The updated reserve is an increase from the previous reserve of 2.3 million ounces announced in March 2005. The new mineral reserves are based on drilling from July to December 2005. Details of the new (and previous) reserves calculated on the Dinguiraye Concession are tabled below and are calculated as at April 2006.



LEFA Mineral Reserves as at 31 December 2005

Proved Probable Total Reserves
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Tonnes Gold Million Tonnes Gold Million Tonnes Gold Million
Deposit (Mt) g/t ozs (Mt) g/t ozs (Mt) g/t ozs
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Lero Karta 12.0 2.1 0.84 9.3 1.7 0.51 21.3 1.9 1.35
Fayalala 12.7 1.4 0.58 6.3 1.3 0.26 19 1.4 0.83
Others 0.2 2.3 0.01 7.1 1.4 0.31 7.3 1.4 0.33
Total 24.9 1.7 1.43 22.7 1.5 1.08 47.6 1.6 2.51
Prior Total 21.4 2.0 1.36 19.1 1.5 0.92 40.6 1.7 2.28
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The calculated mineral reserve utilized a gold price of US$525/oz.

The reported reserves above have been compiled by Stephanie Raiseborough who is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and an employee of SMD. She has sufficient experience, relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity she is undertaking, to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' ("JORC code"). The reserve has been verified by Crew's Qualified Person, Andrew Pardey, who has sufficient experience, relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity he is undertaking, to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' ("JORC code").

Jan Vestrum, President and CEO of Crew commented - "This increase in reserves from the 2005 drilling at LEFA is an excellent result and supports the Company's view that the strategic acquisition of Guinor in Q4 2005 will create substantial value for Crew shareholders. Drilling to date in 2006 in both the Lefa Corridor area and regionally, has been very encouraging and the Company is confident that the 2006 drilling programme will further increase to the resource and reserve inventory to underpin a long life operation. With a significant reserve now present and combined with the plant expansion now in construction and commissioning scheduled for the last quarter of 2006, the Company is pushing forward with its objective of significant growth both in gold output and shareholder value. The Company believes the LEFA operation, together with the Masara mine in the Philippines, will be an important base in providing the organic growth for Crew to achieve its target of one million ounces annual gold production".


Jan A Vestrum

President & CEO


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