Northgate Minerals Corporation
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TSX : NGX

Northgate Minerals Corporation

December 27, 2006 16:00 ET

NORTHGATE MINERALS CORPORATION: TIMELINE FOR KEMESS NORTH JOINT PANEL REVIEW EXTENDED

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 27, 2006) - Northgate Minerals Corporation (TSX:NGX)(AMEX:NXG) reports that the Ministers of the Environment for Canada and British Columbia have amended the schedule for the completion of the Joint Panel Review for the Kemess North Project. The schedule previously called for December 14, 2006 to have been the public hearing record closing date after which time the Panel was to have completed its recommendation report within 60 days. The amendments provide for an additional period of 90 days, commencing January 1, 2007, to permit time for the federal and provincial governments "to resolve outstanding issues related to First Nations participation in the review process, and for First Nations to prepare additional evidence and submissions". Subsequent to this 90 day period, the Panel has been given discretion to hold further hearings for up to 45 days.

More information on the Kemess North environmental review process can be found at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/viewer_e.cfm?cear_id=3394 or on Northgate's website at www.northgateminerals.com.

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 South mine in north-central British Columbia, the adjacent Kemess North deposit, which contains a Proven and Probable Reserve of 4.1 million ounces of gold and the Young-Davidson property in northern Ontario. 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 2005 Annual Report and under the heading "Risk Factors" in Northgate's 2005 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
    Website: www.northgateminerals.com