Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp.
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Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp.

January 25, 2012 08:30 ET

Ridgemont Completes Redford 2011 Drilling Program

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2012) - Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp. (TSX VENTURE:RDG)(OTCQX:RIOOF)(PINKSHEETS:RIOOF) ("Ridgemont") is pleased to announce the successful completion of its 2011 drilling program on the Redford Iron Ore Property located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The program consisted of 62 diamond drill holes, totaling 10,282 metres, as well as ground geophysical surveys and a field reconnaissance program. Results from this 2011 program are currently being evaluated by Ridgemont in order to plan and budget for the next phase.

Highlights from this most recent set of results include:

Drill Hole From
(metres)
To
(metres)
Interval
(metres)
Magnetite
Iron %
RD11-46 145 155 10 45.7
RD11-47 77 88 11 58.5
RD11-50 24.4 34 9.6 47.7
RD11-58 46 65 19 51.0
RD11-59 57 65 8 50.1
RD11-61 49 56 7 51.1

"We are pleased to have successfully completed our initial drill program at Redford," says Brian Penney, President and CEO of Ridgemont. "As a result of this work we have been able to confirm significant mineralization extending several hundred metres east of the old Noranda pit. In addition, our most recent results are indicating the potential of additional mineralization outside of the currently understood limits of the Brynnor ore body. This information will be important as we complete our assessment of the property and plan the next phase of our exploration program."

True widths of the reported intercepts vary depending on the angle of the individual drill holes and are estimated to be between 65% and 98% of the core interval as reported. All samples were prepared from sawn HQ-sized half-core sections on site on Vancouver Island. Split drill core samples are then sent to an independent contractor, Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia, for analyses. The magnetic iron component is determined by Satmagan magnetic analysis. Standards, blanks, and duplicate assays are included at regular intervals in each sample batch submitted from the field as part of an ongoing Quality Assurance/Quality Control program.

Complete assay highlights with drill plan maps and sections are posted on the Ridgemont website at: http://ridgemontiron.com/index.php/projects.

The Redford Property is host to the former producing Brynnor iron deposit. Noranda Exploration Ltd. mined the near surface portion of the iron ore body in the 1960's and produced 4,480,940 tonnes at 56% iron. The mine was closed in 1968 at the expiration of the concentrate sales contract with Japanese steel makers, however, the underground extension of the ore body was never mined.

About Ridgemont

Ridgemont is a Canadian exploration and development company looking globally to acquire, explore and develop mineral properties. Currently, Ridgemont has an option to acquire up to 75% interest in the Redford iron ore property, comprised of 26 claims covering 10,821 hectares and located 22 kilometres northeast of Ucluelet, in the Alberni Mining Division, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Edward Lyons, P.Geo., the VP Exploration for Ridgemont and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.

RIDGEMONT IRON ORE CORP.

On behalf of the Board

Mark J. Morabito, Executive Chairman

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