Aurizon Reports Exploration Progress at Casa Berardi

    Shares Listed: Toronto Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - ARZ
    American Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - AZK
    U.S. Registration: (File 001-31893)

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX: ARZ; AMEX:   AZK) is
pleased to provide a progress report on exploration activities at its Casa
Berardi mine, in north-western, Quebec.
    An exploration drift is being developed at the 810 metre level, east of
Zone 113 and south of the Casa Berardi fault, to initially provide drill
access to test the depth extension of Zone 113 and to eventually test the
continuity and extension of Zones 118 to 122 and 123-South. A sketch is
attached showing the current progress of development along the drift and the
location of recent drilling from the existing production drift. Drilling will
resume shortly from the 810 metre exploration drift once the drill stations
are completed.
    Results from the following five (5) recently completed holes have
extended Zone 113 approximately 50 metres east of the current mineral reserve
outline, at a depth of approximately 830 metres.

                                 Gold Grade
                              (grams per tonne)            Thickness (metres)
         Hole                      (uncut)                     True Width
    CBW-810-0038                     10.7                          16.6
    CBW-810-0037                      7.9                           7.8
    CBW-810-0043                     13.5                           7.1
    CBW-790-0014                     23.3                           3.6
    CBW-810-0039                     20.4                           1.6

    "We are encouraged by these drill results," said David Hall, President and
C.E.O. "The construction of the 810 drift is a significant development for
Casa Berardi as it will enable us to drill for future mineral reserves in the
deeper part of the West Mine area."
    In addition, the following exploration activities at Casa Berardi are
currently underway:

    -   Drilling has commenced from the rehabilitated track drift on the 280
        metre level in the area of the Principal Zones and between the East
        and West mines, where limited surface exploration has been performed
        to date.

    -   An updated 3D geological model for the Principal Zones has been
        completed in order to prepare an updated mineral resource estimate
        for the technical and economic evaluation of open pit and underground
        mining opportunities.

    -   At the East Mine, the rehabilitation of the underground workings is
        nearly complete. Definition drilling will commence shortly with the
        objective of transferring the inferred mineral resources to the
        indicated category and ultimately to mineral reserves.

    -   A surface drilling program has commenced along the eastern extension
        of Zone 123.

    Quality Control

    Core assays are performed on a maximum 1.5 metre sample. Sample
preparation is performed at the Company's facility located at the mine site.
The drill cores are sawed in half and assays are determined with the atomic
absorption method. Certified reference material and blanks are inserted in the
sample sequence for quality control. Assay checking on the pulp and reject
samples are carried out systematically. Primary assaying is performed at the
Company's mine site laboratory and confirmatory check assays are carried out
by ALS Chemex of Val d'Or, an accredited laboratory.
    Drill hole planning, implementation and the quality control program is
supervised by Jeannot Boutin Eng., Mine Geology Superintendant, an
appropriately qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. 
Mr. Boutin also supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical
information in this news release.

    Additional Information

    One sketch is attached showing the Casa Berardi mine. All other
information previously released on Casa Berardi is available on the Aurizon
    To view the sketch accompanying this release please click on the
following link:

    About Aurizon

    Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on developing
its existing projects in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, one of
the world's most favourable mining jurisdictions and prolific gold and base
metal regions, and by increasing its asset base through accretive
transactions. Aurizon shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
symbol "ARZ" and on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol "AZK".
Additional information on Aurizon and its properties is available on Aurizon's
website at


    This News Release contains "forward-looking statements". These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding mineral resources and reserve estimates, planned work programs and
expected outcomes. Forward-looking statements express, as at the date of this
News Release, the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections,
expectations, or beliefs as to future events or results and the Company does
not intend, and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions,
including, with respect to mineral resource estimates, the key assumptions and
parameters on which such estimates are based, as set out in the technical
report for the property, and involve risks and uncertainties, and there can be
no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Therefore, actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. Factors that could cause results or events to differ
materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to conclusions of
economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be
refined; future prices of gold; possible variations in ore reserves, grade or
recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as
anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining
industry; and other risks more fully described in Aurizon's Annual Information
Form filed with the Securities Commissions of the provinces of British
Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and in Aurizon's Annual
Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission. These documents are available on Sedar at and on
Edgar at


    As a British Columbia corporation, the Company is subject to certain
rules and regulations issued by the British Columbia Securities Commission
("BC Securities Commission"). The Company is required to provide detailed
information regarding its properties including mineralization, drilling,
sampling and analysis, security of samples and mineral resource and mineral
reserve estimates. Further, the Company describes mineral resources associated
with its properties utilizing terminology such as "indicated" or "inferred"
which terms are recognized by Canadian regulations but are not recognized by
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

    Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Regarding Mineral Resources

    The SEC allows mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to
disclose only those mineral deposits they can economically and legally extract
or produce. The Company may use certain terms in this document, such as
"mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" and "inferred resources"
that are recognized and mandated by Canadian securities regulators but are not
recognized by the SEC.
    This News Release may use the term "indicated" resources. U.S. readers
are cautioned that while that term is recognized and required by Canadian
regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. U.S. investors are cautioned not
to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in this category will ever
be converted into mineral reserves.
    This News Release may also use the term "inferred" resources. U.S.
readers are cautioned that while this term is recognized and required by
Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. "Inferred resources" have
a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as
to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any
part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher
category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may
not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare
cases. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an
inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

For further information:

For further information: AURIZON MINES LTD., David Hall, President and
C.E.O., Telephone: (604) 687-6600, Toll Free: 1-888-411-GOLD, Fax: (604)
687-3932; Michel Gilbert, Vice President, Telephone: (819) 874-4511, Fax:
(819) 874-3391, Web Site:, Email:; or Renmark
Financial Communications Inc., 2080 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal, QC,
H3H 1R6, Barry Mire:; Jen Power:, Tel: (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717

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