Crew Gold Corporation
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Crew Gold Corporation

December 22, 2006 11:40 ET

Crew Gold Corporation: First Gold Pour From Commissioning of Masara Gold Mine 500 t/d Plant

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) - Crew Gold Corporation ("Crew" or the "Company")(TSX:CRU)(OSE:CRU)(FWB:KNC)(OTCBB:CRUGF). -

Crew is pleased to report that the initial phase of the 500 t/d plant has been substantially completed and the Masara mine has commenced continuous operation. The first gold pour at the new 500 t/d plant has taken place.

Plant recoveries are in accordance with expectations at 90.2% for gold and 71.1% for silver. Both the ore sampling and actual silver production from the plant have shown better recovered silver ratios than historical reported production numbers. Historical numbers have shown a ratio of 2-3 ounces of silver for each ounce of gold and a recovery of around 2 ounces silver per ounce gold. The first gold pour gave ratios around 4 ounces silver to 1 ounce gold recovered.

Commissioning and initial full production at the 500 t/d plant will continue for to treat lower grade development ore from the Bonanza/Maligaya and Maria Inez vein systems with gold grades of +/- 4 g/t expected whilst higher grade stopes are developed. The expected average gold grade at full production is 6-6.5 g/t.

The Phase-II plant, to treat an additional 2,400 tonnes per day, is under construction with a target start up date of the end of the second quarter 2007.

The Masara operation in the Philippines is forecast to produce around 100,000 - 120,000 ounces for 2007, increasing to +180,000 ounces in 2008 at full production capacity and with full availability of higher grade underground stoping. Drilling and underground sampling continue to support the company's view that these corporate targets can be met.

Jan A Vestrum, President & CEO

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