Campbell Resources begins production from Merrill Island pit, mining scheduled to begin at Corner Bay shortly



    MONTREAL, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Campbell Resources Inc. (the "Company")
("Campbell") (TSX: CCH, OTC Bulletin Board:   CBLRF) reports that the Merrill
Island open pit is in operation with copper concentrate being shipped some six
weeks after obtaining the environmental permit authorizing the operation. With
the positive results achieved to date, the Company plans to increase monthly
production from Merrill Island by 50% over the initial proposed rate.
    Drilling began on September 17th. On October 6th, the first blast was
completed to generate some 50,000 tons of ore to be crushed and trucked to the
nearby Copper Rand mill. Milling of the first ore from Merrill Island took
place on October 15th.
    In the last week, some 6,600 tons of Merrill Island ore have been milled,
with grades averaging 0.459% Cu, 0.014 oz/t Au and 0.125 oz/t Ag. Mill
recovery was slightly above 90% for copper. A total of 160 tons of concentrate
averaging 17.4% Cu was produced during the week. With the success to date at
Merrill Island, Campbell is now planning to produce 30,000 tons of ore per
month from Merrill Island, up from the 20,000 tons per month initially
planned.
    "We're very pleased with the smooth start-up at Merrill Island, which
represents the first part of our strategy to increase mill throughput and
lower unit costs," said André Fortier, Campbell's President and Chief
Executive Officer. "In addition to the Merrill Pit, development is moving
ahead rapidly at Corner Bay, and we expect to soon begin shipping the
42,000 ton bulk sample averaging 3.7% copper at a rate of about 450 tons per
day to the Copper Rand mill."
    In addition to the concentrate being produced, the tonnage produced at
Merrill Island is having a positive impact on backfilling at the Copper Rand
mine and on milling costs for the Copper Rand mill. The paste fill plant has
progressed significantly towards its planned capacity of 60 tonnes per hour
during the last week. A total of 3,800 tonnes were thus sent underground at
Copper Rand during the week. Moreover, the substantial increase in ore treated
has a significant impact on reducing unit costs for the Copper Rand ore.

    Campbell is a mining company focusing mainly in the Chibougamau region of
Québec, holding interests in gold and gold-copper exploration and mining
properties.

    Certain information contained in this release contains "Forward-Looking
Statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995 and is subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including those
"Risk Factors" set forth in the Campbell's current Annual Report on Form 20-F
for the year ended December 31, 2006. Such factors include, but are not
limited to: differences between estimated and actual mineral reserves and
resources; changes to exploration, development and mining plans due to prudent
reaction of management to ongoing exploration results, engineering and
financial concerns; and fluctuations in the gold price which affect the
profitability and mineral reserves and resources of Campbell. Readers are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
which speak only as of the date hereof. Campbell undertakes no obligation to
release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect
events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect unanticipated
events or developments.
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For further information:

For further information: Campbell Resources Inc.: André Fortier,
President and Chief Executive Officer, (514) 875-9037, Fax: (514) 875-9764,
afortier@campbellresources.com; Alain Blais, Vice-president and General
Manager of Operations, (418) 748-7691, Fax: (418) 748-7696,
ablais@campbellresources.com; Renmark Financial Communications Inc.; Henri
Perron: hperron@renmarkfinancial.com; Julien Ouimet:
jouimet@renmarkfinancial.com, (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717,
www.renmarkfinancial.com

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