Crew Gold Corporation

Crew Gold Corporation

September 02, 2005 09:54 ET

Crew Gold Corporation: Nalunaq Resource Increase

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 2, 2005) - Crew Gold Corporation ("Crew") (TSX:CRU) (OSE:CRU) (FWB:KNC) (PINK SHEETS:CRUGF):

Crew is pleased to report that this year's exploration drilling around the Nalunaq Gold Mine has been successful in defining further resources. A total Inferred Mineral Resource of 763.000 oz has been estimated for the Mountain, Upper, Target West and South Blocks, where geological and grade continuity can be reasonably assumed. Due to the nature of the high-grade, high-nugget narrow-vein mineralization, the Mineral Resources requires up-grading to Mineral Reserves by underground drifting and sampling on the structures.

The resource has been independently verified by Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Ltd ("Snowden") to contain 1.32 million tonnes at a best-estimated grade of 18 g/t Au within the range 16-21 g/t Au.

The company is confident that the consistent drilling results are supportive of significant mineralization and has adopted a conservative payability factor averaging 40% against 60-80% experienced from the production on target block. The results support the decision to recommend the construction of a processing plant on site. The first drilling program has only covered a limited area around the current operation, and drilling will be continued in potential ground of the Valley Block and the interior of the Mountain Block in the near future. Mine planning is being adjusted to these new results and is already scheduled to allow for ready access and the definition of Mineral Reserves.

Inferred Mineral Resources (1) within the South, Target West, Upper and
Mountain Blocks at the Nalunaq Gold mine, Greenland.

Payable Grade(3) Cont ounces
Area Tonnage tonnage(2) (g/t Au) gold(4)
South Block 1,585,000 520,000 18 300,000
Target Block West 390,000 290,000 18 168,000
Upper Block 485,000 320,000 18 185,000
Mountain Block 580,000 190,000 18 110,000
TOTAL - 1,320,000 18 763,000

1) The resource estimate has been compiled in accordance with the
Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and reported to the 2004 CIM
Definition Standards (Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves) by the
independent consulting group, Snowden Mining Industry Consultants
Ltd. The estimate has been verified by EurGeol Dr Simon Dominy (CEng,
CGeol, CPGeo), the 'Qualified Person' as defined by NI43-101. Dr
Dominy is Principal Mining Geologist based in the Snowden London
office. The Snowden report will shortly be available on the SEDAR
2) Payable tonnages have been rounded to the nearest 10,000 tonnes to
reflect the uncertainty in the estimate. Tonnage has been estimated
using a bulk density of 3.0 t/m3 and diluted to a 'mineable' stope
width of 1.4 m.
3) The global resource grade is reported at a zero cut-off grade, and
has a best-estimate grade of 18 g/t Au within the range of 16-21 g/t
Au. The best-estimate grade of 18 g/t Au is based on extensive
underground bulk sampling of the Target Block undertaken during 2000,
with the grade range reflecting the likely grade variability inherent
in such a coarse-gold high-nugget system. Current production
reconciles within this range.
4) Contained ounces are rounded to the nearest 1,000 ounces to reflect
resource uncertainty.
5) The application of a best estimate for grade quoted within a grade
range is an unusual practice within the mining industry. However, the
precedent exists when quoting grades for high-nugget effect veins
systems that carry high inherent grade variability.

More than 6,000 m of systematic core drilling from 37 holes in the South Block have now been completed. The results show that a geologically continuous mineralised sheet exists in an area of nearly 400,000 m2, in direct continuation of the known structure already established by drifting on level 300. As expected, the narrow vein returns irregular assay results from the drill intercepts. The best results of 104 m.g/t Au gold and 36 m.g/t Au are in line with results of the previous drilling in the Target Block and support to the presence of local high-grade mineralization. These values may not be indicative of the contained grade, as the inherent high-nugget effect means that sample repeatability and zone of influence are low. In the Upper Block, 8 holes totalling 572 m have demonstrated continuous mineralization over an area of about 255,000 m2.

The company is particularly encouraged by an intercept of the Main Vein of 115 g/t over 0.5 m (57.5 m.g/t Au) with visible gold. This intersection is located in the projected extension of the high-grade zone of the Target Block, which is currently being mined. This intercept gives confidence in the continuation of high-grade mineralisation, and will allow immediate access from the existing mining infrastructure.

The mine operator is preparing access to the 250-level by a decline from the 300-level, and to the 200-level from a surface portal to be used as the future route of ore to the planned processing facility in the valley floor. All these levels are to be connected to the existing mine infrastructure to allow for underground ore transfer throughout the year.

The permitting process of a plant on site has been commenced and assuming a positive financial evaluation of a concrete plant, the construction would take about 12 months. The company is evaluating how to optimize the resource exploitation. Economic studies have indicated that an on-site plant will reduce the cash costs considerably which in turn will result in a higher portion of the resource to become available for economic exploitation.

Jan A. Vestrum

President & CEO

This news release contains certain "Forward-Looking Statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, and/or statements made by company officers or directors at any given time, as well as Crew's future plans are such forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the date the statements are made, and Crew does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should conditions or management's estimates or opinions change.

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