Scorpio Provides Nuestra Senora Project Update, Sinaloa State, Mexico


    VANCOUVER, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Scorpio Mining Corporation (TSX:SPM) is
pleased to provide an update on its progress toward commencing production at
the 100% owned Nuestra Senora project, Sinaloa State, Mexico.
    Peter J. Hawley, Chairman, CEO comments, "The Scorpio team has been
aggressively pushing on all fronts to meet the mandated start up in March 2008
of the Nuestra Senora mill facility. Not only is the team succeeding but they
have also progressed other major projects such as Company housing for the mine
workers. The team effort shown is greatly appreciated by the Company and we
all look forward to becoming a low cost producer in the near future,
especially given the current strong metal prices which should only enhance the
economics and cash flow of the mine."


    Mill Construction

      -  The Company is expecting the mill facility to start up on March 31,
         2008. After start up, the schedule includes 8 weeks of verification
         of the equipment and commissioning. Initial processing, including
         commissioning, for the first three months April - June is projected
         to average 500 tonnes per day through the mill. The purpose of this
         preliminary production is to determine reagent consumption and
         optimize the recovery of metals. Once this has been achieved,
         through put will be increased to approximately 1,000 tonnes per day
         commencing in July 2008.

      -  Construction of the Company's 100% owned, dedicated 34-kilometre
         power line from the main hydro dam to the mill facility is still
         scheduled for completion later this month, including the building of
         electrical sub-stations at the hydro dam and at the mill site.

      -  All major mill equipment required for processing is on site and
         installed and nearing completion and the Company currently foresees
         no delays in the planned start up.

      -  Mill construction continues on schedule with two 10-hour shifts per
         day and manpower at the mill site consisting of 268 workers over
         all, with 81 welders and 40 other workers dedicated to the mill
         construction and the remainder on piping and tanks, etc.

      -  The entire mill structure has been completed and the roof coverings
         are being installed.

      -  Both 800-horsepower 10x10 ball mills have been assembled and will be
         aligned in the coming weeks.

      -  The twelve 300 cu. ft. flotation tanks have been installed and the
         remaining six 50 cu. ft. cells are being constructed and will be
         installed in early March. The three drum filters for the zinc, lead
         and copper circuits have been mounted in place.

      -  The mill office has been erected as has the electrical control room.
         The electrical switch gear and sub station are completed and the
         electrical circuitry is well advanced.

      -  The three concentrate and three tailings thickeners are nearing
         completion and will be ready the first week of March.

      -  The grizzly, primary crusher (with a capacity rated at 2,000 tonnes
         per day) and secondary cone crusher have been installed within the
         building structure and the control room is nearing completion.

      -  Currently the Company has 2 heavy lift cranes and 3 boom trucks on

      -  The conveyor structure is in progress with 20 men dedicated to its
         construction. The conveyors and supports are scheduled to be
         completed by the second week of March.

      -  The Company has installed five office trailers joined as one unit
         with a working space of 230 m(3) to supply temporary accommodations
         for the base camp, warehouse and office-construction-supervision
         personnel during the construction of the mill facility.

      -  Telecom of México has completed the installation of a main
         communications tower at the mill site facility which will supply
         telephone lines, internet connections and video feed for mill site

      -  A cement plant next to the by-pass road, proximal to the mill
         facility site and Company housing site, is fully operational and
         over 3,500 cubic meters of cement has been poured. The cement
         foundation work for the entire mill facility project has been
         completed. The cement plant will continue to supply concrete for the
         by-pass road culverts, the town site and the drainage tunnel for the
         tailings pond.

      -  Ore stockpile inventory as of the end of January 2008 was
         69,044 tonnes consisting of 67,665 tonnes at the mill site and
         1,379 tonnes at the Nuestra Senora mine portal.

      -  The Company is in the final stages of establishing commercial
         smelter agreements and once finalized further details will be

    By Pass Road - Housing

      -  The 4.3 kilometre Cosala by-pass road has been completed. This road
         was used for moving oversized mill equipment, trailers, etc. for
         installation at the mill facility and, in the future will facilitate
         the transfer of daily metal concentrates to smelters without
         impacting the town of Cosala with heavy traffic.

      -  Construction work on the permanent facility camp is 60% complete,
         and when finished it will house 62 persons in 24 houses. This
         facility is being built on 14 hectares of land that the Company has
         purchased which is ideally situated on both sides of the Company's
         Cosala by-pass road. The site has electrical power and is connected
         to the municipality's water supply and sewage system. This land
         purchase is a cost effective measure allowing the Company to build
         houses for personnel and construct its own core logging and
         equipment storage facilities rather than rent these facilities. The
         Company also plans to build an office on the site and relocate all
         its support staff from the current office in Cosala to the new

    Tailings Pond and Dam Construction

      -  Work on the tailings storage facility is progressing well.

      -  All organic matter has been removed from the impoundment area for
         Phase 1, which represents the first and lower portion of the
         tailings pond. This organic material is being stored on the mill
         site and will be used for re-forestation. This initial phase will
         accommodate tailings produced by the mill for the first year.
         Phase 2, scheduled for later this year, will have sufficient
         capacity for years 2 through 5.

      -  The pond area will be lined with a 30-cm sub-base layer of gravel
         covered by a 10-cm layer of fine sand/silt and overlain by an
         impermeable geo-membrane to prevent leakage of the tailings water
         into the underlying strata.

      -  The contouring of the pond area and sub-base for the liner is 30%

      -  Dam construction is 35% complete and is now progressing at a rate of
         9,000 m(3) of dam and lining material per week.

      -  The tailings pond and dam are projected to be completed during the
         last week of March.

    Water Supply for the Mill

      -  A six (6) inch water pipe line covering 4.5 km has been established
         from the mill site to the mine site river location with cement
         holding tanks at river level completed. The entire infrastructure,
         including concrete work and pumping stations, will be completed
         before mill start up.

      -  A water storage tank has been constructed on the mill site which can
         supply 1 million litres of water on demand.

      -  Although it is planned to re-circulate some 80% of the process
         water, the water supply system will have the capacity to supply 100%
         of the mill needs. The system is projected to be completed during
         early March.

    Underground Development

      -  As of the end of January 2008, underground development at Nuestra
         Senora, has progressed to where 1,609.6 metres (1.6 kilometres) of
         the main 4 x 5 metre ramp had been completed, together with
         6,134.6 metres of 4 x 4 metre development cross-cuts and access

      -  During one 10-hour shift, the Company is currently capable of moving
         over 1,550 tonnes of waste/ore from stope development and
         preparation activities in three zones to the mill site. This only
         requires eight 12 cubic meter trucks completing in total 82 trips
         per shift. The number of trucks could be increased which supports
         management's view that the Company can easily haul from underground
         the 1,000 tonnes per day initially projected for mill feed.

      -  The initial full-scale mining is planned to start from the lower
         grade Hoag zone where primary and secondary blocks have been
         outlined. Each primary block contains approximately 23,000 tonnes on
         level 10.5 and between 30,000 to 45,000 tonnes on level 10. Long-
         hole drilling of the blocks from the level 10 to the 10.5
         (15 metres) level will begin later in February 2008, with the first
         blasting of blocks slated for March 2008. In total, five blocks have
         been excavated at the bottom and the top to facilitate the drilling
         of long-holes in preparation for blasting; development is still
         ongoing to prepare the others. Two other blocks are currently ready
         to be drilled.

      -  The Alimak ventilation raise from the 6th level of the Nuestra
         Senora mine to the adjacent Candelaria mine has been completed and
         installation of the vent fan system will be completed by July.

      -  The access ramp connecting the Candelaria mine with the main ramp of
         the Nuestra Senora mine is 30% complete. Once finished, this access
         will permit mining of the higher grade Candelaria mineralization and
         facilitate additional development and exploration.

    Surface and Underground Exploration

      -  The Company currently has three underground diamond drill rigs
         performing in-fill delineation drilling for areas of exploitation as
         well as conducting exploration drilling. This includes targeting the
         zones outlined by the recent successful surface drilling of the
         Santa Teresa and Santo Domingo satellite deposits, and other areas
         based on new exploration models established from ongoing underground
         structural mapping.

      -  The Company began surface exploration drilling on January 24, 2008
         focusing on the favourable rocks north and west of the Nuestra
         Senora Deposit. Recent structural data gathered from ongoing
         development strongly suggests that the north-trending Main Zone is
         displaced by an east-west trending fault called the Hoag Fault.
         Locating the displaced portion could add significantly to the
         current estimated resource.

      -  On February 5, 2008 the Company began a geophysical program of down-
         hole pulse electrical magnetic (DHPEM) surveying to determine if
         this technology will accurately locate known mineralized bodies
         within the Nuestra Senora Project. If found to be successful, the
         Company's ability to discover additional mineralization or new
         mineralized bodies will be greatly enhanced.

    President, Mr. D. Roger Scammell, PGeo, is the Company's Qualified Person
for the Nuestra Senora project. Mr. Scammell is responsible for the current
exploration and development program and has reviewed the content of this


    Peter J. Hawley
    Chairman & CEO

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this news release, other than
statements of historical facts, that address future construction activities,
mine development, exploration drilling, exploration activities and other
events or developments that the Company expects, are forward looking
statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such
forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such
statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or
developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
forward-looking statements include construction difficulties or delays, metal
prices, exploration success, continued availability of capital and financing,
and general economic, market or business conditions.

For further information:

For further information: Glenn Little, Jackson Little Holdings Ltd:
(604) 930-4375, 1-888-930-4375, Email:; Rich Kaiser,
YES International: 1-800-631-8127, 001-757-306-6090 (outside North America),

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