Northgate Minerals has reported initial results from its infill diamond drilling program at its Kemess Underground project, located approximately 5 km north of the existing Kemess South mine in north-central British Columbia. “Of particular significance is the fact that the 2010 results are consistently exceeding previous resource block estimates by 22% for gold and 20% for copper. We look forward to receiving the results from the remaining 2010 holes and incorporating them in a new underground resource to be completed in early 2011,” said Northgate President and CEO Ken Stowe.

The Kemess underground diamond drill program was initiated to more precisely define the grade and geometry of the 70+ million-mt higher-grade core of the Kemess North deposit, within which previous drilling had defined a resource in excess of 1.4 million oz of gold and 500 million lb of copper. The program was also designed to determine the geotechnical characteristics of the higher-grade core and assess the potential for a large-scale underground block cave operation using the Kemess South infrastructure.