ALACER GOLD ANNOUNCES SIGNFICANT EXTENSION TO SULFIDE MINERALIZATION AT ÇÖPLER

TORONTO, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - Alacer Gold Corp ("Alacer" or the "Company") (TSX: ASR) (ASX: AQG) announces ongoing results from the 2011 exploration program at the Çöpler Gold Project.  New drilling has identified significant thick high grade sulfide mineralization from outside the recently released resource upgrade.  Results include 117m @ 2.0g/t Au, 69m @ 3.0g/t Au and 78.8m @ 2.8g/t, demonstrating the new drill program is successfully meeting the objectives of growing the resource base and mine life at Çöpler.

Approximately 15,000 meters of diamond and reverse circulation ("RC") drilling has been completed at Çöpler since drilling recommenced in January 2011.  Results from the initial eleven drill holes were announced as part of Alacer's quarterly report for the three months ended March 31, 2011.  These previous results (refer to the Alacer website) highlighted significant extensions to the Main Zone mineralization and included; 59.5m @ 3.6g/t Au from 82.5m in CDD-236, 15.8m @ 4.0g/t Au from 109.2m in CDD-238 and 14m @ 3.9g/t Au from 136m in CRC-718.  Approximately 50% of all assay results from the 15,000 meter drill program have now been returned. This release provides an update on the results of the last twenty-six drill holes received since the March 2011 quarter from Çöpler.

The Çöpler drilling program has been designed to extend known oxide and sulfide mineralization at the Main Zone, particularly to the south, west and at depth.  In addition, an infill drilling program also recently commenced on the Main Zone as part of the Çöpler sulfide feasibility study.   All significant assay results from these twenty-six drill holes are shown in Table 1.  A map and table of all drilling with assay results returned to date, along with selected cross sections are posted at the back of this release and to Alacer's website (www.alacergold.com).

Çöpler Sulphide Extensional Drill Program identifies significant new ore position

Results from this latest drilling campaign have indicated the discovery of a significant new ore position at the south end of Main Zone, herein referred to as ("South MZ").   Two RC drill holes located over 100m apart at the southern margin of the Main Zone returned thick high grade intersections; CRC-721 returned 117m @ 2.0 g/t Au from 73m (including 21m @ 4.8 g/t Au) and CRC-722 returned 69m @ 3.0 g/t Au from 54m (including 27m @ 5.4 g/t Au) and ended in 2.2g/t at the bottom of the hole.  Both intersections are new and are expected to add significant ounces to the current Çöpler sulfide resource.  Mineralization is broadly controlled by a shallow south dipping contact between diorite and meta-sediments.  Mineralization remains open down dip and remains a target for further extensions to the sulfide mineralization. True widths are expected to be 80-100% of down hole width.

Further significant assay results from outside the current resource in the South MZ area were recorded to the west and east of these thick high grade intersections noted above.  Results include 56.0m @ 1.3g/t Au from 126.4m and 16.6m @ 0.9g/t Au from 35.9m in CDD244 (located approximately 250m south of CRC722), and 18m @ 1.1g/t Au from 147m in CRC720 (located approximately 50m north of CRC721).  True widths are again expected to be 80-100% of down hole width.

Çöpler Infill Drill Program

A significant infill drill program has commenced on the Main Zone as part of the Çöpler sulfide feasibility study.   Initial drilling is targeted to bring the drill spacing down to less than 50m x 50m to provide an improved geological and grade estimation model for detailed mine planning and optimization.  One significant result from the edge of the new resource boundary was returned from CDD-251 of 78.8 @ 2.8g/t Au from 85.1m, 16.2m at 1.6g/t Au from 179.5m and 20.5m @ 1.5g/t Au from 243.2m.  The majority of the infill drill results are confirming thicknesses of mineralization, but several holes are indicating significantly improved grades with the potential to add ounces to the current resource.    These results include 73m @ 2.1g/t Au from surface in CDD241, 46m @ 2.9/t Au from surface in CRC-737A, 26.7 m @ 2.2 g/t Au from 71.2m and 15.3 m@ 4.6 g/t Au from 118.7m in CDD-250.  True widths are expected to be 80-100% of down hole width.

Additional Oxide Targets

Preliminary drill testing of additional oxide targets has commenced.  An assay result of 9m @ 0.87g/t Au from surface of oxide mineralization was recorded in CRC732, 400m west of the Main Zone resource boundary.  Minor oxide and sulfide mineralization has also been intersected on the northern contact zone between diorite and marble, 200m north of the Main Zone resource boundary.  Best results include 12m @ 1.5g/t Au from 47m in CRC-741 and 12m @ 0.9g/t Au from 80m in CRC-743.  Further drilling is in progress to identify the extent of mineralization in these areas.  True widths are expected to be 60-80% of down hole width.

Edward Dowling, President and CEO of Alacer stated "The commencement of the 2011 exploration program has been successful in discovering significant new extensions to the Main Zone deposit at Çöpler.   Several thick high grade intersections returned from the early stages of drilling demonstrate the new drill program is successfully meeting the objectives of growing the resource base and mine life at Çöpler.  Infill drilling is also demonstrating higher grades and importantly providing better geological information to further optimize mine planning and overall economics.  Follow up drilling is in progress, and regular updates will be provided as results are compiled".

                             
Hole From To Intercept   Au   Oxide/ Comment   Hole From To Intercept   Au   Oxide/ Comment
Number (m) (m) (m)   g/t   Sulfide     Number (m) (m) (m)   g/t   Sulfide  
CDD-244 35.9 52.5 16.6 0.9 Sulfide     CDD-245A 179.1 180.2 1.1 1.2 Sulfide  
                            Main Zone
  126.4 182.3 56.0 1.3 Sulfide       199.0 203.1 4.1 1.4 Sulfide  
includes: 126.4 138.5 12.2 2.4       CDD-251 8.2 29.1 20.9 0.9 Sulfide  
            South MZ                
includes: 175.3 182.3 7.0 2.5    Extensional     55.7 61.8 6.1 0.9 Sulfide  
                             
  218.5 223.5 5.0 1.0 Sulfide       85.1 163.9 78.8 2.8 Sulfide  
  255.0 264.0 9.0 1.6 Sulfide     includes: 99.4 151.5 52.1 3.5    
  289.3 300.5 11.2 1.3 Sulfide     includes: 144.6 151.5 6.9 4.2   Main Zone
CRC-720 147.0 165.0 18.0 1.1 Sulfide South MZ     179.5 195.7 16.2 1.6 Sulfide  
includes: 163.0 165.0 2.0 3.5   Extensional     214.3 225.5 11.2 0.9 Sulfide  
CRC-721 73.0 190.0 117.0 2.0 Sulfide South MZ     243.2 263.7 20.5 1.5 Sulfide  
includes: 74.0 95.0 21.0 4.8   Extensional   includes: 243.2 251.9 8.7 2.7 Sulfide  
CRC-722 54.0 123.0 69.0 3.0 Sulfide South MZ   CRC-734 0.0 4.0 4.0 2.4 Oxide Main Zone
includes: 55.0 82.0 27.0 5.4   Extensional   CRC-735 70.0 94.0 24.0 2.0 Sulfide  
CRC-723 0.0 15.0 15.0 1.0 Oxide     includes: 70.0 77.0 7.0 4.3   Main Zone
  15.0 19.0 4.0 0.9 Sulfide       125.0 127.0 2.0 1.8 Sulfide  
            South MZ Infill and                
  32.0 35.0 3.0 1.2 Sulfide Extensional    CRC-737A 0.0 46.0 46.0 2.9 Oxide  
                             
  60.0 69.0 9.0 2.0 Sulfide     includes: 9.0 13.0 4.0 5.4    
includes: 60.0 64.0 4.0 3.1       includes: 20.0 25.0 5.0 6.1    
                            Main Zone
CDD-241 0.0 73.0 73.0 2.1 Oxide / South MZ Infill   includes: 33.0 45.0 12.0 4.7    
includes: 16.2 23.3 7.1 4.8 Sulfide       70.0 72.0 2.0 3.3 Sulfide  
includes: 37.0 40.1 3.1 3.9         97.0 100.0 3.0 1.1 Sulfide  
includes: 56.5 73.0 16.5 3.1       CRC-727 40.0 42.0 2.0 0.9 Sulfide  
CDD-250 0.0 12.2 12.2 1.0 Oxide       58.0 61.0 3.0 1.2 Sulfide  
                            West Zone
  12.2 23.3 11.1 0.9 Sulfide       84.0 86.0 2.0 3.1 Sulfide  
  71.2 97.9 26.7 2.2 Sulfide       96.0 103.0 7.0 0.9 Sulfide  
includes: 79.9 83.9 4.0 6.9   South MZ Infill    CRC-728 NO SIGNIFICANT ASSAY RESULTS West Zone
  118.7 134.0 15.3 4.6 Sulfide     CRC-730 99.0 100.0 1.0 2.2 Oxide  
                            West Zone
  169.6 206.5 36.9 1.0 Sulfide       105.0 107.0 2.0 0.7 Sulfide  
CRC-725 7.0 10.0 3.0 0.7 Oxide     CRC-731 34.0 39.0 5.0 1.1 Sulfide  
                            West Zone
  14.0 32.0 18.0 1.9 Sulfide       75.0 79.0 4.0 0.8 Sulfide  
includes: 28.0 31.0 3.0 6.9       CRC-732 0.0 9.0 9.0 0.9 Oxide  
            South MZ Infill               West Zone
  70.0 74.0 4.0 1.5 Sulfide     includes: 8.0 9.0 1.0 4.9    
  96.0 127.0 31.0 0.9 Sulfide     CRC-733 77.0 80.0 3.0 0.8 Sulfide  
                            West Zone
includes: 124.0 127.0 3.0 2.6         139.0 140.0 1.0 1.3 Sulfide  
CDD-240 33.9 39.4 5.5 5.4 Sulfide     CRC-729 NO SIGNIFICANT ASSAY RESULTS Northern Contact
            Main Zone                
  72.6 77.8 5.2 1.6 Sulfide     CRC-739 NO SIGNIFICANT ASSAY RESULTS Northern Contact
CDD-243 4.5 7.0 2.5 1.3 Oxide     CRC-740 34.0 38.0 4.0 1.4 Sulfide  
                            Northern Contact
  11.2 14.0 2.8 1.4 Sulfide       44.0 46.0 2.0 1.0 Sulfide  
  39.8 44.7 4.9 0.9 Sulfide     CRC-741 47.0 59.0 12.0 1.5 Sulfide Northern Contact
            Main Zone                
  141.0 142.0 1.0 6.1 Sulfide     CRC-743 80.0 85.0 5.0 0.8 Oxide  
                            Northern Contact
  148.9 152.0 3.1 9.5 Sulfide       85.0 92.0 7.0 0.9 Sulfide  
  158.3 159.3 1.0 5.6 Sulfide                  

 

Table 1. Significant assay results for the additional twenty-six holes completed at Çöpler.  The first eleven holes previously released can be found on the Alacer Gold website and at the end of this release.  All twenty-six new drill holes are shown with all significance intersections reported.

About Alacer

Alacer is a leading intermediate gold company with operations in both Australia and Turkey.

Australia

Alacer has three operating gold mines in Australia, namely the Higginsville and South Kalgoorlie operations; and a 49% interest in the Frog's Leg underground mine. The South Kalgoorlie operations and the Frog's Leg interest were acquired following the successful takeover of Dioro Exploration NL, which was completed in March 2010. The Australian operations are targeting 272,000 ounces of gold in 2011.

Turkey

Alacer is recognized as a leader in exploration and development in Turkey and, with the start-up of Çöpler, will soon be among Turkey's leading gold producers. Çöpler is 95% owned by Alacer and 5% by Lidya Mining (formerly known as Çalık Mining, see Anatolia News Release, August 13, 2009). Initial plans at Çöpler are to produce approximately 1.42 million leachable ounces of gold at costs consistent with the lower end of industry standards. Average annual production is expected to be about 175,000 gold ounces. Additional production expansion from the sulfide gold reserve is expected to add 2.25 million ounces. A detailed feasibility study is underway. In addition, Alacer holds a significant pipeline of prospective gold and base metal projects.

Alacer currently has 277.0 million common shares issued and outstanding, 297.3 million fully diluted.

Technical Procedural Information

The information in this release which relates to Exploration Results and the Mineral Resources is based on information compiled and verified by Chris Newman, a full time employee of Alacer Gold Corp. and who is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  Mr. Newman has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves" and qualified person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administration. Mr Newman consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on this information in the form and context in which it appears.

Exploration and drilling results are reported as drilled thicknesses. Reverse circulation cuttings were sampled on 1.0 meter intervals and core was sampled at geologically selected intervals.  Drill samples were performed by ALS-Chemex in Vancouver, BC, Canada, for gold by Fire Assay off a 30 gram charge with an AA finish.  For these samples, the gravimetric data were utilized in calculating gold intersections. Quality Assurance/Quality Control included the insertion and continual monitoring of numerous standards and blanks into the sample stream, and the collection of duplicate samples at regular intervals within each batch.  Selected holes are also analyzed for a 33-element four acid ICP—AES. Drill composites were calculated using a cut-off of 0.3 g/t.

Cautionary Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information, future oriented financial information, or financial outlooks (collectively "forward-looking information") within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information may relate to this news release and other matters identified in Alacer's public filings, Alacer's future outlook and anticipated events or results and, in some cases, can be identified by terminology such as "may", "will", "could", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "projects", "predict", "potential", "continue" or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts and include, but are not limited in any manner to, those with respect to proposed exploration, communications with local stakeholders and community relations, status of negotiations of joint ventures, commodity prices, mineral resources, mineral reserves, realization of mineral reserves, existence or realization of mineral resource estimates, the timing and amount of future production, the timing of construction of proposed mine and process facilities, capital and operating expenditures, economic conditions, availability of sufficient financing, exploration plans and any and all other timing, exploration, development, operational, financial, economic, legal, social, regulatory, political factors that may influence future events or conditions. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions, including, but not limited in any manner, those disclosed in any other Alacer filings, and include exploration results and the ability to explore, the ultimate determination of mineral reserves, availability and final receipt of required approvals, titles, licenses and permits, sufficient working capital to develop and operate the proposed mine, access to adequate services and supplies, commodity prices, foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, access to capital markets and associated cost of funds, availability of a qualified work force, ability to negotiate, finalize and execute relevant agreements, lack of social opposition to the mine, lack of legal challenges with respect to the property or the Company and the ultimate ability to mine, process and sell mineral products on economically favorable terms. While we consider these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to us, they may prove to be incorrect. Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to risks and uncertainties disclosed in other Alacer filings at www.sedar.com and other unforeseen events or circumstances. Other than as required by law, Alacer does not intend, and undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information to reflect, among other things, new information or future events.

                             
Hole No Easting Northing Section Line Dip Azimuth Depth   Hole No Easting Northing Section Line Dip Azimuth Depth
CDD-235 459250 4363740 59250 -60 360° 280   CRC-723 459100 4363517 59100 -60 360° 165
CDD-236 459096 4363711 59100 -60 360° 200   CRC-724 459050 4363550 59050 -60 360° 100
CDD-237 459193 4363755 59200 -60 360° 207   CRC-725 458950 4363508 58950 -60 360° 185
CDD-238 458691 4363518 58700 -60 360° 227.2   CRC-726 458600 4363410 58600 -60 360° 138
CDD-239 458749 4363433 58750 -60 360° 248.5   CRC-727 458485 4363340 58500 -60 360 119
CDD-240 459020 4363795 59000 -60 360° 218.3   CRC-728 458402 4363250 58400 -60 360 48
CDD-241 458800 4363550 58800 -60 360° 228   CRC-729 458660 4364237 58650 -60 90 150
CDD-242 458700 4363451 58700 -60 360° 152.3   CRC-730 458270 4364023 58250 -60 90 162
CDD-243 458853 4363750 58850 -60 360° 260   CRC-731 458204 4363724 58200 -60 360 120
CDD-244 458850 4363424 58850 -60 360° 313   CRC-732 458168 4363699 58200 -60 360 130
CDD-245A 459097 4363640 59100 -60 360 229.6   CRC-733 458204 4363558 58200 -60 180 140
CDD-250 458908 4363526 58900 -60 360 251   CRC-734 458980 4363680 59000 -90 - 151
CDD-251 459266 4363849 59250 -60 360 267.5   CRC-735 458945 4363700 58950 -90 - 158
CRC-717 459146 4363852 59150 -60 360° 150   CRC-737A 459445 4363895 59450 -90 - 165
CRC-718 459151 4363703 59150 -60 360° 186   CRC-739 458736 4364245 58750 -60 220° 70
CRC-719 459053 4363674 59050 -60 360° 160   CRC-740 458758 4364246 58750 -60 180° 55
CRC-720 459200 4363429 59200 -90 - 197   CRC-741 458756 4364251 58750 -60 112° 67
CRC-721 459150 4363390 59150 -60 360° 200   CRC-743 458712 4364230 58700 -60 70° 95
CRC-722 459050 4363450 58950 -90 - 123                

Table 2. New drillholes completed with assay results returned.

                   
Hole Number Northing Easting Depth
(m)
  From
(m)
To
(m)
Intercept
(m)
Au g/t Oxide/
Sulfide
(m) (m) Dip / Az
CDD-235 4363740 459250 280

-60/360

139 178 39 0.7 Sulfide
CDD-236 4363711 459096 200

-60/360

82.5 142 59.5 3.6 Sulfide
CDD-237 4363755 459193 207

-60/360

24 28 4 1.8 Sulfide
          125 132 7 1.2 Sulfide
          141.2 153.5 12.3 1.2 Sulfide
CDD-238 4363518 458691 227.2

-60/360

0 4.5 4.5 1.7 Oxide
          81.6 88.5 6.9 7.1 Sulfide
          109.2 125 15.8 4.0 Sulfide
CDD-239 4363433 458749 248.5

-60/360

219.9 222 2.1 2.0 Sulfide
          231.5 235.5 4 1.1 Sulfide
CDD-242 4363451 458700 152.3

-60/360

84.3 91.3 7 0.6 Sulfide
CRC-717 4363852 459146 150

-60/360

0 13 13 2.1 Oxide
          13 24 11 1.3 Sulfide
          34 63 29 1.6 Sulfide
CRC-718 4363703 459151 186

-60/360

85 111 26 1.5 Sulfide
          136 150 14 3.9 Sulfide
CRC-719 4363674 459053 160

-60/360

64 70 6 0.5 Sulfide
CRC-724 4363550 459050 100

-60/360

29 48 19 1.8 Sulfide
CRC-726 4363410 458600 138

-60/360

78 89 11 1.7 Sulfide

Table 3:   Significant drill intersections from the first eleven drill holes previously released at Çöpler (29th April 2011)

 

SOURCE ALACER GOLD CORP.

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please contact Edward Dowling, President and CEO, or Douglas Tobler, CFO at (303) 292-1299 or visit www.alacergold.com.

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