Entree Gold Inc.
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Entree Gold Inc.

October 04, 2005 09:00 ET

Ivanhoe's Development Plan Confirms Expansion of Entree's Copper Flats Mineralization

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2005) - Entree Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ETG)(AMEX:EGI) ("Entree" or the "Company") comments on recent announcements by Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN)(NYSE:IVN) ("Ivanhoe"), including its Integrated Development Plan ("IDP") for the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold project, announced on September 29, 2005. These disclosures have significant implications for the Hugo North extension zone of mineralization currently being delineated on Entree's Copper Flats project area.

The IDP highlights progress on Oyu Tolgoi and outlines a development plan to bring into production a copper and gold mine with a projected life of 35 years. It is estimated that the mine will produce over 15 million tonnes (more than 33 billion pounds) of copper and over 11 million ounces of gold, at a cash cost of US$0.40 per pound of copper, or less, subject to gold hedging.

Ivanhoe's recent announcements have several significant implications for Entree's Copper Flats project:

- The Hugo North deposit is now recognized as the richest of its kind in history and the gold:copper ratios and overall metal values in the vicinity of the Entree-Ivanhoe property boundary are the highest in the entire deposit.

- The extension of the Hugo North deposit onto Copper Flats has now been traced for over 600 metres and remains open to the north and to depth. Drilling results, announced by Entree on September 28, 2005, confirmed the presence of additional, high-grade, copper/gold mineralization 175 metres north of the most northerly previous intersection.

- Ivanhoe has disclosed a targeted resource for current infill drilling at Copper Flats. It is expected that there will be sufficient drill density to estimate an inferred resource by year end for the mineralized system delineated to date.

- The continued extension of the high-grade mineralization at Copper Flats could support the development of a mine on the property.

Greg Crowe, Entree's President and CEO, commented: "The value of Copper Flats is increasing as the system grows with the continuing delineation of high-grade mineralization. The development of a separate mine at Copper Flats would be very significant for Entree."

Ivanhoe continues its aggressive exploration of Copper Flats, which currently includes both infill drilling to upgrade the potential copper/gold resource and expansion drilling to test the continued northern extension of mineralization.

QUALITY ASSURANCE AND CONTROL

Robert Cann, P.Geo., Entree's Vice-President, Exploration and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, is responsible for the preparation of technical information in the Company's news releases. SGS Mongolia LLC prepares the split core at the project site and assays all samples at its facility in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ivanhoe's QA/QC program is monitored by independent consultant Dr. Barry Smee, P.Geo., and managed on site by Dale Sketchley, M.Sc., P.Geo. Prepared standards and blanks are inserted at the sample preparation lab at the project site to monitor the quality control of the assay data.

ABOUT ENTREE GOLD INC.

Entree Gold Inc. (www.entreegold.com) is a mineral exploration company focused on gold and copper prospects. The Company is a large landholder in Mongolia's south Gobi Desert, near the Chinese border. Entree maintains 100% interest in the 179,590 hectare Lookout Hill (Shivee Tolgoi) property which completely surrounds Ivanhoe's 8,500 hectare, Turquoise Hill (Oyu Tolgoi) holdings.

Under an "Earn-In Agreement" announced in October 2004, Ivanhoe has the right to earn an interest in approximately 22% (40,000 hectares) of Entree's Lookout Hill property. By the terms of the agreement, Ivanhoe must spend a minimum of US $20 million in order to earn any interest in the mineral rights to the project property and may acquire up to a 70% interest in mineralization above a depth of 560 metres and an 80% interest in mineralization below a depth of 560 metres by spending US$35 million. Thereafter, Entree has the right to require Ivanhoe to fund its share of subsequent joint venture costs through to production, to be recovered from production cash flow.

Recent equity investments from Ivanhoe and Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RTP)(LSE:RIO.L) ("Rio Tinto"), have increased the Company's operating cash to approximately CDN$26 million and allowed it to expand its budgets for its independent exploration of its Lookout Hill and Ulziit Uul projects. The current program at Lookout Hill has been increased from US$3 million to an estimated US$5.1 million; while the program budget at Ulziit Uul has been increased from US$0.9 million to an estimated US$1.9 million.

Entree is a Tier 1 listed company that trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "ETG" and on the AMEX under the symbol "EGI".

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