|March 06, 2008|
Minco Gold Receives Government Approvals for the Changkeng Gold Project
|Minco Gold Corporation (the "Company" or "Minco Gold") (TSX:MMM/AMEX:MGH/FSE:MI5) is pleased to announce that it has received the required government approvals to advance the Changkeng Gold project located in Guangdong Province, China.|
A business licence has been granted to Guangzhou Minzhong Mining Co., Ltd. ("Minzhong"), a cooperative joint-venture established among Minco Mining (China) Co., Ltd. ("Minco China"), Guangdong Geological Exploration Corporation ("GGEC"), and two private Chinese companies to jointly explore and develop the Changkeng Gold Property. Under the terms of the agreement, Minco China, a wholly owned subsidiary of Minco Gold, has the right to earn a 51% equity interest in Changkeng with a total contribution of RMB 51 million (approx. US $7.1 million). The other shareholders will contribute RMB 49 million (approx. US $6.8 million) for their 49% equity interest in Minzhong.
Minzhong has signed a purchase agreement to buy a 100% interest in the exploration permit (the "Changkeng Exploration Permit") on the Changkeng Gold Property from 757 Geo-Exploration Team of Guangdong Geological Exploration Bureau ("757 Exploration Team"). Total purchase price (the "Purchase Price") is appraised to be RMB 49 million (approx. US $6.8 million), payable in three installments within two years. The Ministry of Land and Resources of China has approved the Purchase Price and the transfer of the Changkeng Exploration Permit from 757 Exploration Team to Minzhong.
The Company can now proceed with an exploration program on the Changkeng Gold Project with the granting of the business licence and the transfer of the Changkeng Exploration Permit.
Minco Gold has commissioned P&E Mining Consultants Inc. of Brampton, Ontario, to prepare a NI 43-101 resource estimate on the Changkeng Gold Project. The Company is preparing an aggressive exploration program to advance the project to the feasibility study stage.
About Minco Gold
Minco Gold Corporation (TSX:MMM/AMEX:MGH/FSE:MI5) is a Canadian mining company involved in the direct acquisition and development of high-grade, advanced stage gold properties in China. The Company owns an exploration property portfolio covering more than 1,500 square kilometres of mineral rights in China. For more information on Minco Gold and its properties, please visit the website at www.mincomining.ca or contact Ute Koessler at 1-888-288-8288 or (604)-688-8002 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
"Dr. Ken Z. Cai"
Chairman & CEO
The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein. The statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements involving known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to vary considerably from these statements. The risks and uncertainties include those described in Minco Gold's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward Looking Statements: Statements in this news are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and that are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including risks related to the exploration stage of the company's projects; market fluctuations in prices for securities of exploration stage companies; uncertainties about the availability of additional financing; uncertainties related to fluctuations in gold prices; the possibility that Minco Gold Corporation may change its plans with respect to one or more properties; and other risks and uncertainties described in the company's annual report on Form 20-F and Reports on Form 6-K filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in our forward looking statements are reasonable, results may vary, and we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.