First Nickel Inc.

First Nickel Inc.

April 25, 2011 12:43 ET

First Nickel Provides Update on Lockerby Restart

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2011) - First Nickel Inc. ("First Nickel" or the "Company") (TSX:FNI) is pleased to provide an update on its Lockerby Depth Project and its plans to resume production at the Lockerby nickel/copper mine, located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Both financing and project schedules are on track for commencement of ore production in the third quarter of this year with a ramp-up to full production of 10 million pounds of nickel and 7 million pounds of copper per year by mid 2012.

The re-commissioning phase of activity is nearing completion. This work entailed refurbishment of various mine conveyances, the current mobile fleet and equipment and the installation of a new waste/ore handling system on the 5100 level that will be ready for commissioning in early May.

The Company is pleased to announce it has engaged J.S. Redpath Limited as the mining contractor to execute the Company's capital development program to the 7000 level. The work involves the completion of the ramp, as well as lateral and vertical development. J.S. Redpath Limited is an internationally-recognized mining contractor known for its focus on safety, project execution, and attention to cost. Mobilization of the crews will take place in May.

Gerry Bilodeau, Chief Operating Officer, commented "In the last few months the Lockerby team has focused its efforts to ready the mine for the re-start. Engaging J.S. Redpath Limited, a company we know well and respect, is one of the final major milestones needed to allow us to begin advancing our development program later this Spring".

About First Nickel

First Nickel is a Canadian mining and exploration company that has recently commenced restart activities at its Lockerby nickel / copper mine in the Sudbury Basin in northern Ontario. Once the Lockerby mine reaches full production (expected in 2012), it will produce approximately 10 million pounds of nickel and approximately 7 million pounds of copper annually. In addition to the Lockerby nickel mine, the Company owns exploration properties in the Sudbury Basin, the Timmins region of northern Ontario, and the Belmont region of Eastern Ontario. First Nickel's shares are traded on the TSX under the symbol FNI.

Some of the statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements, such as statements that describe First Nickel's future plans, intentions, objectives or goals, and specifically include but are not limited to future production and the completion of the Facility. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements depending on, among others, fluctuating metal prices, completion of additional financing initiatives, maintaining operating and exploration teams, continued care and maintenance of the Lockerby Mine, and other factors described in the Company's most recently filed Annual Information Form under the heading "Risk Factors" which has been filed electronically by means of the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") located at The forward-looking statements included in this document represent First Nickel's views as of the date of this document and subsequent events and developments may cause First Nickel's views to change. Readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.

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