Far West Mining Ltd.
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Far West Mining Ltd.

February 25, 2011 09:49 ET

Locked Cycle Tests Confirm Excellent Copper Metallurgy for Far West's Santo Domingo Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2011) - Far West Mining Ltd. (TSX:FWM) is pleased to announce that additional metallurgical test work at SGS Lakefield continues to return excellent results. Locked cycle tests confirm the results of the batch tests released on February 1. Results from the new composite produce a concentrate of 30.3% Cu at 91% recovery from a lower head grade (0.45% Cu vs 0.56% Cu) and a coarser primary grind size (175 microns versus 120 microns). The results confirm that the grinding circuit will require less power than previously predicted, resulting in lower operating costs and potentially higher throughputs, and is further evidence of a flat grade-recovery curve. Variability testing across the entire ore body is now in progress to finalise the test work program.

Far West (the "Company") contracted SGS Lakefield in Ontario to conduct metallurgical test work on sample material from the Santo Domingo deposit. The new composite is lower grade than the initial five year pit grade at 0.56% Cu and was designed to be representative of an eight year production period. The composite has been used for process development such as determination of primary grind and optimal flotation conditions.

The locked cycle test results confirm and enhance previous test work, and serve to support the conclusion that Santo Domingo ores are capable of achieving excellent copper recoveries between 89% and 91% with high copper concentrate grades ranging from 30% to 32%. These excellent results were achieved using a primary grind of 175 microns in sea water. The ability to operate with a coarser primary grind of 175 microns will decrease the power consumption of the grinding circuit. As grinding power is the most important contributor to milling costs, this change will lead to a reduction in operating costs and enable higher annual throughput. Confirmation of higher recovery at lower head grades and a coarser primary grind than used in the previous scoping study are expected to materially enhance the results of the Pre-Feasibility Study now in progress.

Iron metallurgical test work continues on magnetite and hematite composites in sea water. Results from the magnetite work are expected next week.

The results from all the variability tests currently in progress will be used to construct a grade-recovery curves for copper and iron that will be used in the Pre-Feasibility Study. The Company will report additional results when they become available.

The in-house qualified person responsible for the Project is Richard Zimmer, P. Eng., MBA, Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of the Company who has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.

Far West Mining Ltd. is an international mineral exploration company engaged in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and development of mining properties. The Company has current operations in Chile and Australia.

FAR WEST MINING LTD.

Richard N. Zimmer, P.Eng., MBA, President & CEO

For further information investors should review the Company's filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

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