Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.

March 01, 2005 10:00 ET

Northern Dynasty Appoints Pebble Feasibility Study Director


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TSX VENTURE SYMBOL: NDM
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MARCH 1, 2005 - 10:00 ET

Northern Dynasty Appoints Pebble Feasibility Study
Director

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2005) - Northern
Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:NDM)(AMEX:NAK)

Ronald W. Thiessen, President and CEO of Hunter Dickinson Inc. ("HDI")
and Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. ("Northern Dynasty"), is pleased to
announce the appointment of Stephen Hodgson, P.Eng, as Vice President of
Engineering for HDI and Feasibility Study Director for Northern
Dynasty's Pebble Project, effective March 15, 2005.

Mr. Hodgson has more than 28 years of experience in mine operations,
mine development, and project engineering, most recently, as the
Technical Director, Mining and Study Manager for AMEC Americas Limited.
His past experience includes senior positions with internationally
recognized engineering firms including MRDI Canada as President, H.A.
Simons Ltd. as Manager of Mining for Simons Mining Group, and Cominco
Engineering Services Ltd. as Principal Mining Engineer.

His background includes a focus on copper-gold projects. He was the
Feasibility Study Manager and Qualified Person for Ivanhoe's Oyu Tolgoi
project in Mongolia. He was also Mining Lead for Teck's copper/gold
porphyry Petaquilla project in Panama and for Battle Mountain's Phoenix
project in Nevada. His experience also includes various gold
developments - he has led study teams for projects such as Patricia
Mining's Island Zone in Ontario and NovaGold's Donlin Creek in Alaska.

As Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Hodgson will be involved in
evaluating, managing and coordinating detailed engineering studies for
advanced stage mineral development projects for the companies within the
HDI group. His first assignment will be as Feasibility Study Director
with Northern Dynasty, where he will join the Pebble Project Team to
manage the completion of a Feasibility Study for the large scale Pebble
gold-copper-molybdenum project in Alaska. Mr. Hodgson will join the
existing Pebble Project executive team comprised of Robert Dickinson
(Geology and Resources), Brian Mountford (Project Infrastructure and
Road, Power and Port Engineering) and Bruce Jenkins (Environment,
Socioeconomic, Government and Community Relations and Permitting), whose
objective is to advance development of the Pebble Project in a rigorous
and timely manner.

Mr. Hodgson is a registered Professional Engineer (BC) who holds a
Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering (Mining) from the University
of Alberta. He sits on the advisory committee of the British Columbia
Institute of Technology's Mining Technology Program and is a member of
several industry associations: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy,
and Petroleum; Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada; and
American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers.
Mr. Hodgson's wealth of experience and expertise will greatly assist the
Hunter Dickinson group of companies.

Review Northern Dynasty's Canadian public filings at www.sedar.com and
US public filings at www.sec.gov.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ronald W. Thiessen, President and CEO

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