TORONTO, ONTARIO, Dec 27, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX: CG: 85.63, -0.50, -0.58%) announced today that the Government of Mongolia has accepted and officially registered the Gatsuurt ore reserves into the National Registry of Mineral Reserves. This paves the way to negotiating an Investment Agreement for the future development of the Gatsuurt deposit. As previously disclosed, the Company intends to truck Gatsuurt ore to the Boroo mine's processing facility where a new bio-oxidation circuit will be constructed to treat refractory Gatsuurt ore.
"Now that the Gatsuurt ore reserves have been approved by and registered with the appropriate Mongolian agency, I am hopeful we can negotiate an acceptable Investment Agreement, which will allow us to develop the Gatsuurt deposit in a timely manner. This project is important not only to the Company but to the local communities in the Mandal and Bayangol Soums where we operate. It will create many new, well-paying jobs, increase local revenues and substantially increase the life of the Boroo mine," said Len Homeniuk, President and the CEO of Centerra Gold Inc.
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Although Centerra believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this report. Centerra disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Centerra is a growth-oriented, gold Company focused on acquiring, exploring, developing and operating gold properties primarily in Central Asia, the former Soviet Union and other emerging markets. Centerra is a leading North American-based gold producer and the largest Western-based gold producer in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. Centerra's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CG. The Company is based in Toronto, Canada.
Additional information on Centerra is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at www.centerragold.com.
Centerra Gold Inc.
John W. Pearson
Director, Investor Relations
SOURCE: Centerra Gold Inc.