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MEI Online: People News: North America: April 2nd 2013


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:: Premier Announces Paul Blatter Hired as Director of Metallurgy


Premier Gold Mines Limited is pleased to announce that Paul Blatter will be joining the company as Director of Metallurgy and will participate in the advancement of the Company's portfolio of advanced-stage projects. Paul brings to Premier over 13 years of experience in mine development process and metallurgy.

Mr. Blatter holds a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering and has recently held positions of increasing responsibility at Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Matamec Explorations. Previous milling and development projects that Paul participated in include; lead metallurgical and operational development of the Lapa mill plant design through to mill start-up and operation covering all aspects of milling, Metallurgy Superintendent for Agnico's Laronde Complex and various project development projects for Agnico-Eagle Mines including the Kittila project. Paul will work on metallurgy and milling concepts for Premier's projects with the initial focus being the economic evaluation of the Trans-Canada Project, and metallurgy work for the Cove Project in Nevada.

Premier continues to strengthen its operating team as it implements the Company's strategy of becoming a gold producer. In the past 12 months, Premier has made several key management additions including Paul-Henri Girard as Senior Mining Advisor and Eric Lamontagne as Director, Development Projects.

"The addition of Paul to Premier's team confirms our commitment to building an industry-best team with substantial mineral exploration and mine development experience as we implement our strategy to convert from explorer to developer" stated Ewan Downie, President and CEO of Premier. "His previous experience in working with our current team will streamline our ability to execute on the advancement of Company projects."

For 2013, Premier will see more than $30 million spent on exploration and development on three projects, the most aggressive budget in corporate history. Continued drilling and conceptual mine modeling for the Brookbank and Hardrock deposits are being worked in advance of a planned PEA. An aggressive expansion and delineation drill program is planned to be completed at the Cove Gold Project in Nevada with an initial mineral resource estimate expected in late 2013. In Red Lake, an accelerated underground drill program will be carried out from the tram development that is currently being excavated through the Rahill-Bonanza joint venture project.




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