Freegold Secures Alternative Financing and Commences Drilling on Rob Property


    VANCOUVER, July 30 /CNW/ - Freegold Ventures Limited (TSX: ITF, OTCBB:
FGOVF, Frankfurt: FR4) is pleased to announce that it has received board and
lender approval for a US $2 million financing which is expected to close
shortly. Freegold is also in the process of securing an additional
US$2 million funding commitment, which would bring total proceeds to
US$4 million. In connection with the above, Freegold is terminating its
engagement for the longer-term debt financing that was announced on July 18,
    Freegold is also pleased to announce that core drilling has commenced on
the Rob gold property with a program designed to extend both the strike and
dip of the high-grade Grey Lead vein encountered in all eight holes of last
year's program (including 4 m grading 29.0 g/t and 4.1 m grading 20.1 g/t),
and to test a large quartz stock-work vein system also on the property which
has returned surface grab samples as high as 699, 175 and 121 g/tonne gold.
    The first tranche of Freegold's financing will be in the form of a
US$2 million bridge loan facility provided with a maturity date of January 15,
2009. Terms for this facility include an annual interest rate of 12.5%, a cash
closing fee, and 350,000 warrants to purchase common stock of the Company for
a two year period at a price equal to the average market price of the
Company's shares for the 10 trading days immediately preceding closing. The
lender will have the right to put the warrants back to the Company one year
after closing of the bridge at a pro-rata price.
    Freegold is also awaiting credit approval from a second lender for an
additional $2 million facility on terms similar terms to those of the Auramet
facility. Both facilities would share the collateral, being a first priority
pledge of the shares in Freegold's wholly owned US subsidiaries and a general
security agreement against the personal property of the company (including a
second charge against the processing and private property assets currently
collateralizing an equipment loan at Golden Summit). Both bridge facilities
can be prepaid at any time, and all proceeds generated from subsequent
financings must be used to repay the two facilities.
    Commenting on the financings, Freegold president and CEO, Steve Manz,
said "With the recent selling pressure on our shares, we focused our efforts
on trying to arrange a large debt facility as a means of minimizing longer
term equity dilution. It became clear from the feedback we received from our
shareholders, that they were concerned about the overhang this debt would have
on our ability to continue to grow the Company. This current bridge facility
will offer the Company time with which to pursue numerous other alternatives.
We are continuing to process bulk samples through our 1,200 ton per day
gravity-recovery plant at Golden Summit and we expect to see positive cash
flow from this operation over the coming months which will also be used to
fund our ongoing programs and administration of the Company.
    During these difficult markets for the junior mining equities, Freegold
will seek to leverage its operating expertise and its processing plant into
alternative sources of cash flow generation. Our modular and portable
processing plant, which is only permitted to operate for a short summer period
at Golden Summit, is completely self-contained (including 1.2 MW of portable
power generation, dual crushing circuits, ball mill grinding circuits and
multiple-stage gravity concentration) and can be transported to other
projects. As a result, we are currently investigating a number of high-grade
stock-piles in the southern US that could be amenable to processing using our
plant as a source of additional cash flow for the company."
    The above transactions are subject to regulatory approval. The Qualified
Person with respect to scientific and technical information contained herein
is Michael P. Gross, M.S., P. Geo., VP Exploration, Freegold Ventures Limited,
who has reviewed and approved the contents of this release.

    About Freegold Ventures Limited

    Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American exploration and development
company with a management team experienced in mine development and production
that has a proven track-record in transitioning exploration companies into
gold producers. The Company is currently exploring advanced-stage gold
projects in Idaho and Alaska. Freegold holds a 100% lease interest in the
Almaden gold project in Idaho. This large tonnage epithermal gold deposit was
the subject of a feasibility study in 1997 calling for the development of a
95,000 oz/year open pit, heap leach mine. Freegold has finalized a 54,700-foot
drilling program which has successful identified numerous extensions to the
gold mineralization, along with newly identified open-ended areas of
molybdenum mineralization. The Company is in the process of generating a new
43-101 resource which will be followed with the commencement of new economic
evaluations. Freegold's 40,100-foot drill program in 2007 continued to
discovery new high-grade veins and bulk tonnage shear zones on its 93%
controlled Golden Summit project outside Fairbanks, Alaska. Historically over
6.75 million ounces have been recovered from streams that drain the Golden
Summit project area and an additional 500,000 ounces of lode gold were
recovered from past producing mines on the Golden Summit project which is
situated less than 5 miles to the north of the +7 million ounce Fort Knox
Mine. Further evaluation and expansion of the mineralization is currently
being undertaken with a combination of closely spaced shallow drilling,
deeper, systematic core drilling and on-going bulk sampling program using an
on-site gravity-based concentration plant. Drilling in 2008 will also be
conducted on the company's 100% controlled Rob property, where the Company has
intersected high-grade gold in near surface quartz veins similar in appearance
and grade to those being mined at the nearby 5.6 million ounce Pogo, and on
the Vinasale property, where the Company has entered into an exploration
agreement with option to lease which contains the previously identified
Vinasale gold deposit.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors

    "Steve Manz"
    Steve Manz, President and C.E.O.

    DISCLAIMER - This press release contains "forward-looking information"
within the meaning of Canadian securities laws including, without limitation,
statements and information regarding the Company's exploration operations and
financing needs. Such forward-looking information reflects the current
expectations or beliefs of the Company. Forward-looking information is subject
to a number of risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may cause the actual
results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed herein,
including the possibility that future exploration results will not be
consistent with the Company's expectations, the uncertainties involved in
interpreting exploration results, other inherent risks in the mineral
exploration and development industry and the possibility that the loan
facilities will not be completed or completed on terms not currently
contemplated by the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance
on forward-looking information because it is possible that expectations,
predictions, forecasts, projections and other form of forward-looking
information will not be achieved by the Company. A change in any one of these
factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those
projected in the forward-looking information. Although the Company believes
that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and
information are reasonable, the Company can give no assurance that such
expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements and
information are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that
involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results
to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company and described in
the forward-looking statements or information. The forward-looking statements
and information are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be
incorrect. In addition to other assumptions identified herein, the Company has
made assumptions regarding, among other things, the ability to conduct
exploration activities in a timely manner and in accordance with the Company's
drilling program, the availability and costs of financing, the degree of risk
that credit approvals may be delayed or withheld, and other risks and
uncertainties described elsewhere in this document or in the Company's other
filings with Canadian securities authorities. Such forward-looking information
speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, unless required by
applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any
forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future
events or results or otherwise. CUSIP: 45953B107

For further information:

For further information: Mark Feeney - Investor Relations, (604)

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