Northgate Minerals Corporation
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Northgate Minerals Corporation

September 06, 2005 16:34 ET

Northgate Minerals Corporation: Final Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines Issued for the Kemess North Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 6, 2005) - Northgate Minerals Corporation (TSX:NGX)(AMEX:NXG) is pleased to report that the Joint Federal/Provincial Panel reviewing the Kemess North Project has issued the final guidelines for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project. The final EIA guidelines were issued within two weeks of the completion of the public review period in keeping with the timetable established when the review process began.

Northgate has reviewed the final EIA guidelines and expects to complete its EIA and submit it to the panel by the end of September. After the EIA is submitted to the panel, there will be a series of Panel and Public review periods designed to ensure that the EIA document meets the criteria set out in the EIA guidelines. Once these reviews are completed and the EIA document is finalized, the Panel will conduct public hearings on the Kemess North development sometime in the first quarter of 2006.

For additional information on the Kemess North Project and the activities of the Joint Panel please refer to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/index_e.cfm, reference number 04-07-3394, or consult the website of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office at www.eao.gov.bc.ca.

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 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 and Uncertainties" in Northgate's 2004 Annual Report and under the heading "Risk Factors" in Northgate's 2004 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.

Contact Information

  • 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