Astur Gold Corp.

Astur Gold Corp.

July 14, 2010 05:30 ET

Astur Gold Commences Scoping Study at Salave Gold Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - Astur Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AST)(FRANKFURT:CDC) ("Astur Gold" or the "Company") announces that it has retained Golder Associates to conduct a Scoping Study for the Salave Gold project in Northern Spain. The Golder Study will validate and update a Scoping Study that was initiated by Rio Narcea on the project in 2004. Company President Emilio Hormaeche will be directly involved in the Scoping Study and will work closely with the Golder Spanish team.

Astur Gold is also finalizing plans for an exploration program, which will include exploration drilling, infill drilling, and an exploration drift into the ore body. The exploration drift, originally designed by Rio Narcea in 2007, is being reviewed by the Company and will be resubmitted to the mining authorities in due course. The exploration drift plan consists of a 1.3 km decline to be used for the purposes of underground drill exploration and later as an extraction drift during mining. Included in the 3,000 meter drill program are Company plans to test the mineral continuity around Hole RN-70 (2005) which intersected high grade mineralization assaying 33.9 g/t gold over 39.8 metres in two zones at depths of 252.2 and 302.7 metres. Approximately seven surface drill holes are planned to define the geotechnical characteristics of the proposed exploration drift.


Golder Associates is an employee-owned company with international expertise in ground engineering, earth and environmental services. Its areas of expertise include oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, power, and transportation. Golder Associates has over 7,000 employees, operating from 160 offices located throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America, and South America.


The Company is focused on developing its 100% owned Salave Gold Project in northern Spain. Salave is one of the largest and highest grade undeveloped gold deposits in Western Europe. The property has a recently updated NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate containing 1,683,000 oz of gold in the Measured & Indicated category (17,945,000 tonnes grading 2.9 g/t Au) with an additional 338,000 oz of gold in the Inferred category (3,770,000 tonnes grading 2.8 g/t Au). (NI 43-101 report, "Technical Report on Salave Gold Deposit, Spain", March 5, 2010).

There is excellent exploration potential with four of the principal high grade zones of mineralization open at depth and additional exploration areas to the west that have never been tested. Previous metallurgical tests indicate recoveries in the order of 90%. The region has excellent infrastructure and a history of mining.

Brian McEwen, P. Geol. is the qualified person as defined in NI 43-101 is responsible for the scientific and technical information and has reviewed the contents of this news release.


Cary Pinkowski, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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