Noront Resources Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : NOT

Noront Resources Ltd.

May 12, 2005 14:26 ET

Noront Resources Ltd.: Near Surface High Grade Gold in New Drill Holes at Windfall Lake

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) - Noront Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:NOT) (Noront) is pleased to announce assay results from the remaining drill holes completed prior to the shut down for the spring break up period on its wholly owned Windfall Lake property in Urban Township, Quebec. The ten diamond drill holes reported herein contain significant gold zones grading up to 21.7 g/t Au (0.63 oz/T Au) over 2.50 meters (7.5 feet). (See assay summary sheet attached to this press release for details).

After break-up, early in June, the summer exploration program will commence on Noront's Windfall Lake property consisting of surface trenching, sampling, geological mapping and geophysical surveying in preparation for the next drilling program scheduled to start later in the summer.

The emphasis of this summers field season will be to expose at the bedrock surface those gold mineralized zones encountered during the recent drilling program and to assess the properties economic potential near surface.

Drilling on Noront's Windfall Lake property is supervised by John Harvey, P.Eng., a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 guidelines. Assay samples are taken from drill core sawed in half with one half sent to Bourlamaque Assay laboratory located in Val D'Or, Quebec for assaying. The remaining half core is being stored on site for future reference and or further testing.

The gold assay method uses a 30-gram fire assay with gravimetric finish. Significant assays results are checked by the laboratory where warranted. A second independent laboratory is also used to verify randomly selected samples periodically.

Noront is a Tier 2 junior resource company on the TSX Venture Exchange, trading symbol NOT, with 46,341,741 shares issued to date.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

"R. Nemis"

Richard Nemis

President and Chief Executive Officer

To view the Windfall Lake Assay Summary, please click on the link below:

http://www2.ccnmatthews.com/database/fax/2000/not512.pdf

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