Timmins Gold Corp.

Timmins Gold Corp.

May 11, 2011 06:30 ET

Timmins Gold Sells 65,784 Ounces of Gold During First Year of Commercial Operations at the San Francisco Mine

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM) is pleased to announce preliminary production statistics for its first year of commercial operations for the year ended March 31, 2011 from its wholly owned San Francisco open pit gold mine located in northern Sonora, Mexico.

The Company achieved a record quarter of daily production, averaging a total of 13,415 tonnes of ore processed per day for the three months ended March 31, 2011. A total of 18,755 ounces of gold was sold during the three months ended March 31, 2011 for a total of 65,774 ounces of gold sold for the year ended March 31, 2011.

The construction of a new crushing module is scheduled for completion in July, 2011 which will increase crushing capacity to 18,000 tonnes of ore processed per day. The increase in the crushing capacity will allow the ramp up to a targeted production of 100,000 gold ounces per year.

"Management is extremely pleased with the results from our first year of operations. The operations team has delivered continued operational improvements quarter over quarter," stated Bruce Bragagnolo, CEO of Timmins Gold Corp.

The San Francisco Mine main production statistics for the first year of commercial production are as follows:

CategoryApr-Jun 2010Jul-Sep 2010Oct-Dec 2010Jan-Mar 2011Total/Average
Ore (Dry tonnes)905,2961,090,7681,208,6781,207,3394,412,081
Average Grade (g/t Au)0.7180.8170.9390.8950.851
Waste Mined4,077,5683,878,0154,568,6165,096,93217,621,131
Total Mined (tonnes)4,982,8644,968,7835,777,2946,304,27122,033,212
Strip Ratio4.53.343.74.24.0
Gold ounces Recoverable14,14519,37425,03324,08882,640
Gold ounces Sold11,31915,68020,03018,75565,784
Average Ore Processed (t/d)9,94811,98613,28213,41512,087
Total Mined (t/d)54,75654,00962,79770,04760,365

There were no accidents which resulted in lost time during the quarter.

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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 in excess of 100,000 ounces of gold per year at a life of mine cash cost of approximately U.S. $489 per ounce. (Micon International NI 43-101F1 Technical Report dated November, 2010).

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