Nord Resources Provides Update on Reactivation Progress at Johnson Camp Copper Mine

    -   On track to begin mining new ore first quarter of 2009
    -   On target to produce at a rate of 25 million pounds per year
        commencing in spring 2009
    -   Fully financed to complete reactivation of Johnson Camp, all major
        equipment onsite, and construction moving ahead
    -   Awaiting finalization of consultant's study to determine possible
        significant increase in copper production at Johnson Camp Mine in
        future years.

    TUCSON, AZ, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Nord Resources Corporation (TSX: NRD/OTC BB:
NRDS.OB), which is reactivating copper mining at the Johnson Camp Mine in
Arizona, today provided an update on its progress toward starting up
production of new copper at its Johnson Camp Mine near Tucson, Arizona.
    "As previously announced, on August 19, 2008, the Arizona Department of
Environmental Quality (ADEQ) issued the air-quality permit required to proceed
with construction at the Johnson Camp Mine," said John Perry, President and
Chief Executive Officer. "As a result, we are now making very good progress at
the Mine, and are on schedule to commence mining new copper ore in the first
quarter of 2009.
    All of the major equipment to be installed during construction is onsite
at the Mine. Crushers, screens, and agglomerator foundations have been
completed. In August, installation and electrical work on the crushing and
conveying systems commenced with completion scheduled by the end of this year.
Based on current assessments, outlooks and forecasts with respect to the
Johnson Camp Mine, the company believes it has access to sufficient funds to
meet the estimated capital requirements for the reactivation of the Mine.
    "With the start-up of mining of new ore in the first quarter of 2009, we
are on track to ramp up to the currently planned full production rate of 25
million pounds per year by spring 2009," Mr. Perry said.
    In May this year, the company retained Bateman Engineering Inc. as
consultants to determine if it could increase the Johnson Camp Mine's planned
annual production beyond 25 million pounds of copper per year, based on the
current level of estimated proven and probable reserves. This study has not
yet been finalized; the findings will be released when it is completed. The
company also plans to begin a new program of exploratory drilling on the
Johnson Camp property in 2009, as its cash flow and earnings improve, with the
goal of increasing the current level of proven and probable reserves.

    About Nord Resources

    Nord Resources Corporation explores, develops, and operates mineral
properties. The company's primary asset is the Johnson Camp Mine, located
approximately 65 miles east of Tucson, Arizona, which it is reactivating to
produce copper. The company commenced commercial copper production from
residual leaching of the existing ore heaps on February 1, 2008 and expects to
reach full copper production at a rate of approximately 25 million pounds per
annum in spring 2009. For further information, please visit our website at

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking". All statements in this release, other than those of
historical facts, may be considered forward-looking statements, including
those concerning Nord's expectations regarding commencement of copper
production from newly mined ore and copper production targets, assembly and
installation of equipment and facilities at the Johnson Camp Mine, and
statements concerning the potential of the Johnson Camp Mine. Factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking
statements include, but are not limited to, the market price of copper,
general economic, market, and business conditions, statements or information
with respect to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that
may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company, or
industry results, to be materially different from any future results,
performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements or information. Investors are cautioned that any such statements
are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or
developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking
statements. In addition, Nord's business and operations are subject to the
risks set forth in Nord's most recent Form 10-KSB, Form 10-Q, and other SEC
filings which are available through EDGAR at, and in Nord's
prospectus and other filings with the British Columbia and Ontario Securities
Commissions, which are available through SEDAR at Nord assumes
no obligation to update the forward-looking statements except as may be
required by law.

For further information:

For further information: John Perry, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Nord Resources Corporation, (520) 292-0266,;
Investor and Media Relations, Richard Wertheim, Wertheim + Company Inc., (416)
594-1600 or (416) 518-8479 (cell) or by email at

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