January 08, 2008 09:42 ET

Normabec Cuts 393 g/t Ag, 1.23 % Pb and 1.79 % Zn Over 5.68 Metres at the Real de Catorce Silver Mining District in Mexico

ST-BRUNO, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 8, 2008) - Normabec Mining Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:NMB)(FRANKFURT:N6M) ("Normabec"), through its wholly owned Mexican subsidiary Minera Real Bonanza S.A. de C.V. ("MRB"), is pleased to announce more results from its ongoing surface and underground drilling programs on the Veta Madre structure at the Real de Catorce project in north-central Mexico.

High grade intersections continue to be pulled both from the surface drilling and from the underground drilling on Veta Madre.

Underground drilling on the Purisima oreshoot below the historical mine workings continue to confirm bonanza grade silver as well as important base metal credits. The oreshoot has been traced so far for 200 metres laterally and 200 metres vertically. It remains open at depth and to the west. The following table shows the latest assay results from the depth extension ot the Purisima oreshoot:

Hole From To Width Ag Pb Zn
(m) (m) (m) (g/t) % %
VMP-10 258.32 264.00 5.68 393 1.23 1.79

At today's metal prices, such an intersection has a gross metal value of approximately 230$ per tonne. To date, the gross metal values of the intersections returned along the depth extension of the Purisima oreshoot have ranged from 157$ per tonne (VMP-9) up to 626$ per tonne (hole 1016). The average of the seven intercepts received and released so far is 360$/tonne (825 g/t or 24 oz/t Ag equivalent).

At surface, systematic drilling of the Veta Madre structure continues to yield ore grade mineralization. In-fill drilling is being performed at 40-50 metre spacing, from surface down to the 150 metre level approximately. The following table shows the most recent assay results obtained from surface drilling along a productive portion of the Veta Madre structure:

Hole From To Width Ag
(m) (m) (m) (g/t)
VMS-5 68.00 69.90 1.90 138
VMS-7 87.85 89.05 1.20 271
and 93.20 94.60 1.40 169
VMS-8 41.00 44.15 3.15 374
VMS-9 64.40 70.65 6.26 346
VMS-10 52.60 57.35 4.75 193

Average grade of the first ten drill holes on the central portion of the Veta Madre structure is 284 g/t Ag (124$/tonne). This is a significantly increase over the 189 g/t Ag obtained from the surface sampling program. This program is targeting the near surface, oxidized portion of the vein which carries little base metals. It is important to note that the Veta Madre structure has historically been accessed (but only locally mined out) for its entire length from numerous levels developed every 40 metres. The near surface drilling area is located in the center of these underground workings and limited expenditures will be required to rehabilitate them once a production decision is taken.

Samples were prepared and assayed at Chemex Lab of Guadalajara, Mexico. Methods used are Au-ICP21 for gold and ME-ICP41 for multi elements including silver. Detection limits for Ag are 0.2 -- 100 ppm. Silver values higher than 100 ppm are submitted to method AG-AA46 consisting of aqua regia digestion with ICP-AES or AA finish (up to 1,500 ppm Ag). QAQC was performed using two silver standards and one blank being introduced alternatively (every 25 samples). Duplicates are being performed by the laboratory.

Pierre O'Dowd, Geologist, a designated qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators has reviewed and approved the contents of this press release.

Normabec is a junior mining exploration company with a portfolio od advanced exploration projects including: the Pitt Gold Project in Quebec and the Real de Catorce Silver Project in Mexico.

The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

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