Cluff Gold plc - Commissioning of the Kalsaka Mine Gold Processing Plant and 7,000 Metre Drilling Programme Underway at Baomahun

    LONDON, England, April 20 /CNW/ - Cluff Gold plc (AIM: CLF; TSX: CFG)
("Cluff" or the "Company"), the West African focused gold mining company,
announces the successful commissioning of the Kalsaka Mine gold processing
plant in Burkina Faso and the commencement of a 7,000 metre drilling programme
at Baomahun, its flagship gold project located in Sierra Leone.


    Kalsaka Gold Mine, Burkina Faso (78% ownership)

        -  Gold processing plant successfully commissioned with the
           production of 4,891 ounces of fine gold in March;
        -  Total gold production of 12,890 ounces of fine gold in the first
           quarter of 2009;
        -  Full commissioning expected in April;
        -  Sold gold for US$917 per ounce in March;
        -  Processed grades achieved in March were 22.6% above budget; and
        -  Mine on target to exceed production expectations of 60,000 ounces
           in 2009.

    Baomahun Gold Project, Sierra Leone: (100% ownership)
        -  Drilling programme underway;
        -  Initial drilling of 7,000 metres planned in 12 holes prior to
           commencement of the rainy season in July;
        -  Current drilling is targeting additional underground resource
        -  Scoping study combining open pit and underground operations
           scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009; and
        -  25 year Mining Lease agreement signed by the Minister of Mines.

    "The successful commissioning of the Kalsaka gold processing plant and
the production of 12,890 ounces of gold from this mine in the first quarter of
this year puts Cluff Gold on target to produce 100,000 ounces in 2009 from the
Kalsaka Mine and Angovia Mine," said Mr. Algy Cluff, Chairman of Cluff Gold
plc. "We expect that the Kalsaka operation will be fully commissioned by the
end of this month and that we will achieve the current production estimate of
60,000 ounces in 2009 at this operation. To further expand our gold resources,
we are also advancing our flagship gold exploration project, Baomahun, through
a 7,000 metre drilling programme. As previously reported on September 30,
2008, metallurgical test work results indicate that the ores are not
refractory with average recovery of 92% being achieved at Baomahun."
    In addition to the Kalsaka and Baomahun projects, the operations at the
Angovia Mine in Cote d'Ivoire are improving month to month. This is due to the
increased mining fleet which is achieving better production rates. The mine is
expected to produce 40,000 ounces in 2009.
    Douglas D Chikohora has reviewed and approved the information contained
in this announcement. Douglas D Chikohora, (MSc, MIMMM, CEng) is Technical
Director of the Company.

    About Cluff Gold

    Cluff Gold is focused on the identification, acquisition and development
of gold deposits in West Africa that are amenable to open-pit mining and low
cost production techniques. The Company has assembled a portfolio of mineral
interests at various stages of development in Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso,
Sierra Leone and Mali. Cluff Gold progressed from being an explorer to a
producer in Q1 2008 and is expected to produce 100,000 ounces of gold on an
annualised basis from 2009 from its Angovia Gold Mine in Cote d'Ivoire and
from its Kalsaka Gold Mine in Burkina Faso. Cluff Gold is actively evaluating
known satellite deposits to expand the resource base at both mines.

    This News Release includes certain "forward-looking information" within
the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements
other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, including,
without limitation, the positioning of the Company for future success,
statements regarding potential future production at Angovia and Kalsaka,
exploration and drilling results at Baomahun, and future capital plans and
objectives of Cluff Gold, are forward-looking information that involve various
risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will
prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ
materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from Cluff Gold's expectations
include, among others, risks related to international operations, the actual
results of current exploration and drilling activities, changes in project
parameters as plans continue to be refined as well as future price of gold.
Although Cluff Gold has attempted to identify important factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that
cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

    There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate
as actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue
reliance on forward-looking statements. Cluff Gold does not undertake to
update any forward-looking statements that are included herein, except in
accordance with applicable securities laws.


For further information:

For further information: Cluff Gold plc, J.G. Cluff, Chairman, Tel: +44
(0) 20 7340 9790; Nominated Adviser, WH Ireland Limited, David Youngman, Katy
Mitchell, Tel: +44 161 832 2174; Joanna Longo, Investor Relations (Canada),
The Equicom Group, (416) 815-0700 ext 233,; Simon
Robinson, Investor Relations (U.K.), Farm Street Communications Ltd, +44 (0)
207 099 2212,

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