VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan 21, 2013) - Astur Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AST)(CDC.F) ("Astur Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Surratt to the Company''s Board of Directors. He is currently Interim COO of the Company.
"Mike has an exceptional background in mining and company building, and we are excited to have him join our Board of Directors. His expertise, achievements and relationships in the industry are of great value to the Company as we head towards production," commented Cary Pinkowski, President and CEO of Astur Gold.
Mr. Surratt was the Founder, President, and CEO of Mercator Minerals Ltd. (ML.TO) from its inception in 1998 until his retirement in June 2011. Under his leadership, Mercator Minerals grew from a junior exploration company into a strong intermediate base metals producer, constructing the 50,000 ton per day Mineral Park copper-molybdenum mine and acquiring the El Pilar copper project and the El Creston molybdenum project in Mexico. Mike has extensive experience in both underground and open pit mining environments, working with precious metals, base metals, coal and uranium. Prior to founding Mercator, Mr. Surratt held positions as President and CEO of Aurex Resources, Director and VP Operations at Miramar Mining, and VP Development for Santa Fe Gold. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology and is a current member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
ABOUT ASTUR GOLD
Astur Gold is developing its 100% owned Salave Gold Project in Asturias, northern Spain, which is one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in Western Europe. The Company recently received approval for an underground mine from the Commission for Environmental Affairs of the Principality of Asturias in November 2012 and is completing additional requirements for the processing plant and tailings licenses with expected completion in H1 2013. The Company is working to build a partnership with the people of Asturias to generate sustainable economic benefits for the region while balancing the needs of environmental protection and social community development.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Cary Pinkowski, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. This document contains certain forward looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, delays and uncertainties not under the Company''s control which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from the results, performance or expectation implied by these forward looking statements.