Timmins Gold Corp.

Timmins Gold Corp.

December 01, 2011 18:35 ET

Timmins Gold Corp.: Operational Update-Gold Recoveries Improving This Quarter at San Francisco Mine

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2011) - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM)(NYSE Amex:TGD) announces that improvements have been realized in gold recoveries for the months of October and November, 2011. Gold placed on the heap leach pads for October was 11,966 ounces (464,007 tonnes at a grade of 0.802 grams per tonne) and 6,618 ounces were extracted from the leach pads. Gold placed on the heap leach pads for November was 9,972 ounces (413,165 tonnes at a grade of 0.751 grams per tonne) and 6,990 ounces were extracted from the leach pads.

The improved recoveries are a result of improved solution handling processes at the mine, including applying a stronger concentration of cyanide solution and increasing the flow of cyanide solution to the ore placed on the heap leach pads. Previous flow rates were determined to be less than optimal and were not consistent with the environment of the metallurgical testing performed by the Company to achieve a life of mine recovery rate of 68.6%.

The Company completed a review of the metallurgical testing to date at the mine including testing performed in 1994 and 1995, data from previous operations and further column testing performed by the Company. Based on this review, the Company expects that improved processing and solution handling will allow the Company to achieve the projected life of mine recovery rate.

The Company is in the final stages of a complete review of solution handling capacities and procedures. It is expected that further efficiencies can also be obtained from the existing carbon columns and the adsorption desorption and recovery (ADR) plant with minor mechanical improvements, which have been identified and are in the process of being completed.

The Company has installed new solution handling tanks beside the conveyors in order to place a high concentration of cyanide solution directly on to the fresh ore on the conveyor belts before stacking on the heap leach pad. The implementation of this procedure began in the last week and is expected to further improve current recoveries at a marginal incremental cost.

The Company installed a new feeder and screen for the expanded crushing system in November. This is the final modification to the existing crushing system to increase crushing capacity to 18,000 tonnes per day ("tpd"). Installation of the new feeder and screen resulted in the crushing system being out of operation for four days during the month of November. A new 10,000 tpd modular crusher has arrived on site and is being erected near the existing leach pads. The fully installed cost of the new crushing system is expected to be US$8.9 million, which will be funded from internal cash flow.

Over 110,085 metres of drilling has been completed since July 1, 2011 and the drilling has now ceased. The Company is receiving the assays from the program on an ongoing basis and will incorporate them into a new reserve and resource estimate which is anticipated to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2012. Results of drilling received to date have been encouraging and lead management to believe that they will result in a significant increase to the existing reserve and resource estimate. A new mine plan will follow the release of the reserve and resource estimate. Cessation of drilling will eliminate approximately US$2.5 million per month in discretionary drilling and assay costs.

About Timmins Gold

Focused solely in Mexico, Timmins Gold Corp. is in commercial gold production at its wholly owned San Francisco gold mine in Sonora, Mexico. The mine is a past-producing open pit heap leach operation. Timmins Gold has forecast production at a rate of approximately 130,000 ounces of gold per year. (Micon International NI 43-101F1 Technical Report dated November, 2011).

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