Brigus Gold reports temporary suspension of milling operations due to power outage caused by local forest fires

BusinessWire · May 25, 2012 | Last Updated: May 25, 2012 12:50 PM ET Brigus Gold Corp. (“Brigus” or the “Company”) (NYSE Amex: BRD; TSX: BRD) Brigus announces that severe forest fires have caused a power outage at the Company’s Black Fox Mill, located approximately 30 kilometres east of Timmins. This has resulted in the temporary suspension of milling operations and gold production. The power outage occurred yesterday and power is expected to be restored early next week.

Underground and open pit mining operations at the Company’s Black Fox Mine are currently unaffected by the forest fires. There has been no damage to the Company’s assets and the key safety components of the Mill are operating on backup power. The team continues to produce ore from both the open pit and underground mine and are stockpiling the ore for processing once the mill regains power.

“As always, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority and we are taking every step to ensure no one is at risk. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected,” said Wade Dawe, President and CEO of Brigus. “We want to thank the Ontario Provincial Police, Ministry of Natural Resources, and City of Timmins for their efforts to fight these extensive forest fires.”

Despite the temporary suspension of milling operations, the Company remains on track to meet its second quarter production target of 18,000 to 21,000 ounces and will next release gold production numbers for the quarter in early July.

About Brigus Gold

Brigus is a growing gold producer committed to maximizing shareholder value through a strategy of efficient production, targeted exploration and select acquisitions. The Company operates the wholly owned Black Fox Mine and Mill in the Timmins Gold District of Ontario, Canada. The Black Fox Complex encompasses the Black Fox Mine and adjoining properties in the Township of Black River-Matheson, Ontario, Canada. Brigus is also advancing the Goldfields Project located near Uranium City, Saskatchewan, Canada, which hosts the Box and Athona gold deposits. In Mexico, Brigus has granted Cangold Limited the option to acquire a 75% interest in the Company’s Ixhuatan Project located in the state of Chiapas. In the Dominican Republic, Brigus has signed an agreement to sell its remaining interests in three mineral exploration projects.

Cautionary and Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this news release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements that involve risk, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements regarding the ability of the Company to achieve its production, total cash costs, steady state annual production and mining rate estimates; estimated average gold grades for the open pit and underground operations; increase in gold production; increase in profitability; exploration drill results and resource additions, are forward-looking statements and estimates that involve various risks and uncertainties. This forward-looking statements include, or may be based upon, estimates, forecasts, and statements as to management's expectations with respect to, among other things, the outcome of legal proceedings, the issue of permits, the size and quality of the Company's mineral resources, progress in development of mineral properties, future production and sales volumes, capital and mine production costs, demand and market outlook for metals, future metal prices and treatment and refining charges, and the financial results of the Company.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include environmental risks and other factors disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Brigus’ most recent Annual Information Form and Management Discussion and Analysis filed under the Company’s name at www.sedar.com and annual report on Form 40F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov as well as elsewhere in Brigus’ documents filed from time to time with the Toronto Stock Exchange, the NYSE Amex Equities, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory authorities. All forward-looking statements included in this news release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities laws.