Western Goldfields Increases Reserve and Resource Estimates at Mesquite Gold Mine



    
    -   Proven and Probable reserves increased to 2.77 million ounces of gold
    -   Measured and Indicated resources (inclusive of reserves) increased to
        3.87 million ounces of gold
    -   Inferred resources increased to 19.0 million tons averaging
        0.016 ounces of gold per ton
    

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Western Goldfields, Inc. (TSX:WGI, OTC BB:
WGDF.OB) today announced reserve and resource increases at its wholly owned
Mesquite Mine located in Imperial County, California.
    As of March 22, 2007, the company has completed 100 holes totaling
78,270 feet of drilling. The updated reserve and resource models include data
from 27 of the holes tested in the Brownie Hill area. Assay results from the
remaining 73 holes are pending.
    "The drilling at Brownie Hill successfully upgraded Inferred resources to
Proven and Probable reserves," said Raymond Threlkeld, President and Chief
Executive Officer. "Results from two holes drilled in the Big Chief zone, and
announced in February 2007, clearly demonstrate additional, unrecognized oxide
and non-oxide mineralization exists within the proposed mining areas. The
Company is continuing to drill within the Big Chief pit as well as conduct
reconnaissance drilling to identify new targets that will further enhance the
value of the Mesquite mine," added Mr. Threlkeld.

    Proven and Probable Reserves Increased
    --------------------------------------

    Proven and Probable reserves increased to 2.77 million ounces of gold
from the 2.36 million ounces announced in August 2006.
    The increase of 410,000 ounces, 90 percent of which is oxide material, is
equally attributable to the drilling program at the Brownie Hill zone that
converted Inferred oxide resources to Proven and Probable reserves and to an
increase in the reserve gold price assumption to US$500 per ounce from
US$450 per ounce.
    The Company is applying the new reserve estimates to its life-of-mine
model. Based on the current mining plan of 165,000 ounces per year, Western
Goldfields has increased the reserve life of the Mesquite Mine by
approximately two years. Pit optimization is underway to determine whether
annual production can be increased with the current planned mine fleet.

    Measured, Indicated, and Inferred Resources Increased
    -----------------------------------------------------

    Measured and Indicated resources (inclusive of mineral reserves)
increased to 3.87 million ounces of gold from the previously announced
3.61 million ounces.
    Total Inferred resources, which are not included with Measured and
Indicated resources, increased to 19.0 million tons averaging 0.016 ounces of
gold per ton. Current pit designs include 12.0 million tons of the Inferred
resource at an average grade of 0.013 ounces of gold per ton. The Company is
confident exploration drilling can upgrade the Inferred resource within the
current pit design, adding between 100,000 to 200,000 ounces to the mineral
reserves.
    "Our new Reserve and Resource estimates," said Randall Oliphant,
Chairman, "provide further confirmation of the truly exciting potential of the
Mesquite Mine to create value for our shareholders and serve as a solid
platform for the growth of our Company."
    "Everything is on schedule and in place to make the Mesquite Mine a great
success," Mr. Oliphant continued. "The mine is fully permitted, we have
successfully completed our equity financing, we expect to make an announcement
on the project debt financing in the coming weeks, and delivery of the mining
fleet has begun. Its California location made it attractive for the
recruitment of an experienced mining team and we are using proven mining
technology."

    The data contained in this news release has been prepared under the
supervision of Wes Hanson, P. Geo., Vice-President of Mine Development,
Western Goldfields, and the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 for the project.
A table summarizing the updated mineral reserves and resources for the
Mesquite Mine is included in the Appendix to this news release.

    Western Goldfields, Inc.
    ------------------------

    Under a new, highly experienced, and dynamic management team, Western
Goldfields is a gold producer focused on completing the expansion of its
wholly owned Mesquite Mine, located in Imperial County, California, and
returning the mine to full production. Western Goldfields, Inc. is listed on
the Toronto Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol WGI, and is quoted on
the OTCBB under the symbol WGDF.OB. For further details regarding the mineral
reserves and mineral resources at Mesquite, please visit
www.westerngoldfields.com.

    Forward-Looking Information
    ---------------------------

    Certain statements contained in this news release and subsequent oral
statements made by and on behalf of the Company may contain forward-looking
information within the meaning of the United States Private Securities
Litigation reform Act of 1995 and similar Canadian legislation. Such
forward-looking statements are identified by words such as "intends",
"anticipates", "believes", "expects", "can", and "hopes" and include, without
limitation, statements regarding the Company's plan of business operations,
the potential to convert resources to reserves, financing options and the
consequences thereof, potential contractual arrangements, receipt of working
capital, anticipated revenues, and related expenditures. There can be no
assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and
future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, those set
forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended
December 31, 2006 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
under the caption, "Risk Factors". Most of these factors are outside the
control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on
forward-looking statements. Except as otherwise required by applicable
securities statutes or regulation, the Company disclaims any intent or
obligation to update publicly these forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    
                                   APPENDIX
               MESQUITE MINE - MINERAL RE

SOURCES AND RESERVES March 26, 2007 ---------------------------------------------------------- Mineral Resources Inclusive of Reserves ---------------------------------------------------------- Classification Category Tons Grade Contained (x 1,000) (Au oz/T) (Au ozs) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Measured Oxide 111,196 0.016 1,748,000 Non-oxide 30,587 0.024 729,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Measured Subtotal 141,783 0.017 2,477,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Indicated Oxide 44,523 0.017 759,000 Non-oxide 27,335 0.023 633,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Indicated Subtotal 71,858 0.019 1,392,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Measured & Indicated Total 213,641 0.018 3,869,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inferred Oxide 13,000 0.013 Non-oxide 6,000 0.022 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inferred Subtotal 19,000 0.016 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------- Mineral Reserves ---------------------------------------------------------- Classification Category Tons Grade Contained (x 1,000) (Au oz/T) (Au ozs) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Proven Oxide 97,961 0.016 1,545,000 Non-oxide 16,429 0.023 386,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Proven Subtotal 114,390 0.017 1,931,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Probable Oxide 38,000 0.017 660,000 Non-oxide 7,914 0.022 176,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Probable Subtotal 45,914 0.018 836,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Proven & Probable Total 160,304 0.017 2,767,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inferred Oxide 11,000 0.013 Non-oxide 1,000 0.020 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inferred Subtotal 12,000 0.013 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------- Mineral Resources Exclusive of Reserves ---------------------------------------------------------- Classification Category Tons Grade Contained (x 1,000) (Au oz/T) (Au ozs) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Measured Oxide 13,235 0.015 203,000 Non-oxide 14,158 0.024 343,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Measured Subtotal 27,393 0.020 546,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Indicated Oxide 6,523 0.015 99,000 Non-oxide 19,421 0.024 457,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Indicated Subtotal 25,944 0.021 556,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Measured & Indicated Total 53,337 0.024 1,102,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inferred Oxide 2,000 0.015 Non-oxide 5,000 0.022 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inferred Subtotal 7,000 0.020 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. The Company's mineral reserves are estimated using appropriate cut-off grades at an assumed gold price of US$500 per ounce and projected process recoveries, operating costs and life of mine plans which include allowances for dilution and mining recovery. 2. The Company's mineral reserves are consistent with the definitions established by Industry Guide 7, administered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 3. The Company's mineral resources are estimated using appropriate cut off grades at an assumed gold price of US$600 per ounce and projected process recoveries, operating costs and life of mine plans which include allowances for dilution and mining recovery. 4. The Company's mineral resources and mineral reserves are classified in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum's (CIM) "Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines". 5. Cautionary note to U.S. investors concerning Measured, Indicated and Inferred mineral resources: These terms are required by the CIM's "Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines". U.S. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of the stated mineral resources will be converted into reserves. 6. The Company's mineral resource and reserve estimates were prepared under the supervision of Mr. W. Hanson, P.Geo., Vice-President of Mine Development, Western Goldfields, Inc. %SEDAR: 00021587E %CIK: 0001208038

For further information:

For further information: www.westerngoldfields.com; Raymond Threlkeld,
President and Chief Executive Officer, (416) 324-6005,
bpenny@westerngoldfields.com; Julie Taylor Pantziris, Director, Regulatory
Affairs and Investor Relations, (416) 324-6015, jtaylor@westerngoldfields.com;
Richard Wertheim, Investor and Media Relations, Wertheim + Company Inc., (416)
594-1600, wertheim@wertheim.ca

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