Northgate Minerals Corporation

Northgate Minerals Corporation

March 16, 2005 18:22 ET

Northgate Minerals Corporation: Environmental Review of Kemess North Project Initiated Panel Review Timelines Set


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: NORTHGATE MINERALS CORPORATION

TSX SYMBOL: NGX
AMEX SYMBOL: NXG

MARCH 16, 2005 - 18:22 ET

Northgate Minerals Corporation: Environmental Review
of Kemess North Project Initiated Panel Review
Timelines Set

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2005) - Northgate
Minerals Corporation (TSX:NGX)(AMEX:NXG) is pleased to announce that the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (Federal) and the British
Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (Provincial) have formally
initiated the Kemess North environmental review process with the release
on Monday March 13th, 2005 of the draft agreement for the establishment
of a joint environmental review panel. After a 30-day public comment
period, the agreement will be finalized and executed and the joint
environmental assessment process will begin.

The terms of the agreement outlines the scope, procedures and timeline
for the joint environmental assessment of the Kemess North project by a
three-member panel and provides funding to facilitate the participation
of the public and First Nations groups. The panel will begin its review
by establishing guidelines for the preparation of the Kemess North
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Once the EIA is finalized and
submitted by Northgate, the panel will convene 45 days of public
hearings to provide those groups affected by the proposed development
the opportunity to comment on the project as presented in the EIA. Once
the public hearings conclude, a final report setting out the rationale,
conclusions and recommendations of the panel relating to the
environmental assessment of the Kemess North project will be prepared
and submitted to both levels of government. The entire review process is
expected to take between 10-12 months.

Ken Stowe commented "We are very pleased that the Provincial and Federal
government agencies have come to terms on a harmonized environmental
review process for the Kemess North project that meets the stringent
requirements of the applicable environmental assessment acts and
incorporates a fair and predictable process timeline. Once the panel
review is initiated, Northgate will be given the opportunity to present
its case for the development of Kemess North within a review process
that ensures input from First Nations groups and the public at large and
I am confident that the merits of the project will lead to a positive
recommendation from the panel in early 2006."



Panel Review Timeline

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Event Allotted Time
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Public and First Nations review of draft guidelines 30 days
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Issuance of guidelines by panel Up to 14 days
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Submission of EIA by Northgate
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EIA Released for public and First Nations
comment period 60 days
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Northgate response to comments Up to 30 days
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Panel review of EIA & possible request for
additional information Up to 30 days
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Northgate to provide any additional
information requested
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Notice period for panel hearings 45 days
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Panel hearings 45 days
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Delivery of panel's final report to Ministers Up to 60 days
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About Kemess North:

Kemess North is an undeveloped gold/copper deposit containing 4.1
million ounces of gold and 1.5 billion pounds of copper, located
approximately six kilometers north of the Kemess South mine. Development
of the Kemess North open pit and the expansion of Northgate's existing
Kemess milling infrastructure is forecast to cost US$190 million and
will extend the productive life of the Kemess operation and sustain the
jobs of some 450 employees and contractors until at least 2019. Annual
metal production during the mine's 13 year life will average 250,000
ounces of gold and 113,000 million pounds of copper.

About Northgate:

Northgate Minerals Corporation is a gold and copper mining company
focused on operations and opportunities in the Americas. The
Corporation's principal assets are the 300,000-ounce per year Kemess
mine in north-central British Columbia and the adjacent Kemess North
deposit, which contains a Proven and Probable Reserve of 4.1 million
ounces of gold. Northgate is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol NGX and on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol NXG.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include estimates,
forecasts, and statements as to management's expectations with respect
to, among other things, future metal production and production costs,
potential mineralization and reserves, exploration results, progress in
the development of mineral properties, demand and market outlook for
commodities and future plans and objectives of Northgate Minerals
Corporation (Northgate). Forward-looking statements generally can be
identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may,"
"will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," or
"continue" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar
terminology. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a
number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by
management are inherently subject to significant business, economic and
competitive uncertainties and contingencies. 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. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from Northgate's expectations are disclosed under the heading
"Risk Factors" in Northgate's 2003 Annual Report and under the heading
"Trends, Risks and Uncertainties" in Northgate's 2003 Annual Information
Form (AIF) both of which are filed with Canadian regulators on SEDAR
(www.sedar.com) and with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission (www.sec.gov). Northgate expressly disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as
a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Northgate Minerals Corporation
    Mr. Ken G. Stowe
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 216-2772
    or
    Northgate Minerals Corporation
    Mr. Jon A. Douglas
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 216-2774
    www.northgateminerals.com