March 3, 2008 – Vancouver, British Columbia.  Merit Mining Corp. (TSX-V: MEM) reports that it has started commissioning of its Greenwood Gold Project 200 tonne per day gravity/flotation mill to process a 10,000 tonne underground bulk sample from the Lexington-Grenoble mine.  The first shipment of copper/gold concentrate is expected to be delivered to purchasers in April.

Upon receipt of project development and construction financing from Wega Mining ASA of Oslo, Norway in May and August 2007, Merit’s target for mill startup was April 30, 2008.

“The fact that the mill startup is significantly ahead of schedule is a credit to all the people involved in the project”, says Fred Sveinson, President & CEO. “The on site leadership of our experienced mine development and construction management team and the hard work of our employees, contractors, and consultants has enabled us to beat our original target for mill startup.”

Merit Mining Corp.
“Fred Sveinson”
Fred Sveinson, President & CEO

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