Nord Resources Reports Copper Production Improving at Johnson Camp Mine

    -   Improvement in cash flow expected as a result of increased copper
        production and higher copper prices

    TUCSON, AZ, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Nord Resources Corporation (TSX: NRD / OTC:
NRDS), which is ramping up copper mining and processing operations at its
Johnson Camp Mine in Arizona, today reported that it is achieving steadily
improving copper production.
    The increasing production is the result of the recent measures
implemented by Nord, as previously described in the progress report issued by
the company on June 22, 2009. Modifications to the material handling system,
specifically to the conveyor chutes and skirting, hoppers and liners have
enabled the mine to realize higher throughput rates on a continuous basis.
    As a result of these modifications, the mine has been able to increase
the stacking rate of ore on the mine's leach pads and over the past several
weeks has reached approximately 80 percent of the design throughput rate. The
increase in stacked tons of ore has improved the plant feed grade to the SX
plant resulting in a steady increase in the pounds of copper produced. During
the last week of July, copper production averaged a monthly rate of
approximately 1.3 million pounds, nearly double the previous average of 0.7
million pounds per month that was experienced in the second quarter of 2009.
    Plans are proceeding to make further modifications needed to achieve and
sustain the nominal stacking rate of 18,000 tons per day that is required to
meet the design target production rate of 25 million pounds of copper per
year. Based on planned additional modifications to the material handling
system and a continued focus on operating efficiencies, the company believes
it is on track to reach the annual copper production target in 2009.
    The company expects to realize increased cash flow as a result of
improvements in the copper production rate and the strengthening of copper
prices. As previously mentioned in the company's progress update of June 22,
2009, the company is continuing to explore a possible financing.

    This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, nor the
solicitation for any offers to buy any securities of the company. The
securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States
Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the
United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration

    About Nord Resources

    Nord Resources Corporation is a copper mining company whose primary asset
is the Johnson Camp Mine, located approximately 65 miles east of Tucson,
Arizona. Nord commenced mining new ore on February 1, 2009. Previously, since
February 1, 2008, the company was commercially producing copper from residual
leaching of the old dumps. The company expects to reach full copper production
at a rate of approximately 25 million pounds per annum in 2009. For further
information please visit the company's 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 copper production targets at
the Johnson Camp Mine (including its expectation that it will reach full
copper production at a rate of approximately 25 million pounds per annum in
2009), 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
prices of copper and sulfuric acid, general economic, market, and business
conditions, ability to reach full production rates, 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-K, 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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