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B2Gold Corp. Announces Additional Positive Exploration Results at La Libertad and Limon Mine Properties in Nicaragua

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

B2Gold Corp. Announces Additional Positive Exploration Results at La Libertad and Limon Mine Properties in Nicaragua08:48 EDT Wednesday, September 22, 2010VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2010) - B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO) ("B2Gold" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce further positive results from the exploration programs on La Libertad and Limon Mine properties in Nicaragua. La Libertad Property Exploration The total 2010 exploration budget for La Libertad Property is US$4.6 million including 16,000 metres ("m") of diamond drilling, which commenced on February 19, 2010 and is ongoing with 75 holes totaling 12,040 m completed to date and two drill rigs currently on site. The drill program is focused on infill drilling of inferred resources to indicated, exploring for extensions to existing reserves and resources and testing some of the numerous other vein structures along the 20 kilometres ("km") La Libertad gold belt.Preparations are underway to expand the drill program with a third drill rig at Jabali starting in late September.Jabali Vein SystemThe Jabali vein system is located approximately 15 km east of La Libertad mill with a known strike length of 6.2 km. Only half of the known strike length of the vein system has been explored and it remains open both East and West.Previous exploration work carried out by B2Gold utilizing surface sampling trenching and diamond drilling returned good grade results indicating that the Jabali vein system has the potential to host both open pit and underground deposits (see news release dated June 21, 2010).The Jabali vein system has been explored in two zones, the Antenna and Central Zones, covering a combined strike length of 3.2 km with 23 trenches and 30 drill holes. Both zones are open along strike and down dip.Antenna Zone Drilling to define the limits of the mineralized zone is currently ongoing at the Antenna Zone and has almost doubled the strike length of the deposit from 600 m to 1,180 m since the previous drilling update. Hole JB10-021, which lies 200m west of JB10-005 (29.1 m true width grading 8.74 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold and 38.88 g/t silver - previously released) and was drilled 85m west of hole JB10-020 (7.5 m true width grading 4.23 g/t gold and 31.15 g/t silver), intersected 14.49 m (true width 6.2 m) grading 6.07 g/t gold and 21.77 g/t silver. These intersections indicate the potential for underground and/or open pit mining and infill drilling of this portion of the vein will start by the month end.Hole JB10-024 was drilled 206 m east of hole JB10-002 (6.4 m true width grading 1.07 g/t gold and 6.01 g/t silver) and intersected 39.68 m (true width 9.2 m) grading 4.83 g/t gold and 11.28 g/t silver. Holes JB10-026 and JB10-027 were drilled 100 m east of hole JB10-024. JB10-026 intersected 23.38 m (true width 7.5 m) grading 2.33 g/t gold with silver values pending. JB10-027 intersected 38.84 m (true width 8.7 m) grading 2.21 g/t gold and 9.79 g/t silver. These grades and widths indicate the presence of a second shoot with higher grade than the current La Libertad Life of Mine plan. This new area has not seen historical mining.The Antenna Zone target is now a minimum of 1,180 m long, ranging from 6.2 - 29.1 m true width with grades from 1.07 - 8.74 g/t gold. The Antenna zone remains open 0.8 km to the east towards Jabali Central and is also open down dip. Further step-out and infill drilling is ongoing. Highlights of the most recent Jabali Antenna drilling results are as follows (Uncapped): ------------------------------------------------------------------------ True Width Gold Silver Deposit Drill Hole From To Metres(i) (Metres) g/t g/t ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena JB10-021 126.49 140.59 14.10 6.10 1.13 5.11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena JB10-021 174.49 188.98 14.49 6.20 6.07 21.77 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena Includes 182.88 188.98 6.10 2.80 13.36 43.51 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena JB10-024 187.45 227.13 39.68 9.20 4.83 11.28 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena JB10-024 237.90 240.79 2.89 1.60 2.44 12.65 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena JB10-026 169.66 193.04 23.38 7.50 2.33 (ii) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena Includes 179.83 189.58 9.75 3.50 4.31 39.86 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena JB10-027 225.80 264.64 38.84 8.70 2.21 9.79 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jabali Antena Includes 246.67 263.93 17.26 4.00 3.66 11.09 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (i) Metres - indicates down hole interval (ii) Silver value pending Note: Old mine stopes were encountered beyond the JB10-021 stockwork zone reported in the table from: 188.98 to 189.43 (0.45 m), 205.74 to 211.45 (5.71 m) and 213.36 to 222.50 (9.14 m) down hole intervals, indicating historic mining of high grade veins. No old mine workings were encountered in holes JB10-024, JB10-026 or JB10-027.Central ZoneDiamond drilling and trenching in the Jabali Central Zone, 0.8 km from the Antenna Zone, has defined gold and silver mineralization over a strike length of 1,600 m with a 300 m long higher grade shoot ranging from 8.80 - 13.3 m true width grading between 3.52 and 4.34 g/t gold. Notable new intersections outside the higher grade shoot include hole JB10-018 which intersected 12.98 m (true width 10.9 m) grading 0.94 g/t gold and 20.98 g/t silver and JB10-019 which intersected 6.02 m (true width of 4.5 m) grading 1.33 g/t gold and 32.70 g/t silver. The Central Zone remains open along strike and down dip.Note: Old mine stopes were encountered in hole JB10-019 from 51.01 to 52.75 (1.74 m), 53.65 to 54.60 (0.95 m) and 55.63 to 57.02 (1.39 m) down hole intervals.Mojon and San Juan Vein SystemsThe Company has also received positive drill results from diamond drilling in and adjacent to the Mojon and San Juan deposits. The Mojon deposit is currently being mined and the San Juan deposit is in the inferred resource category. Much of the drilling at Mojon and San Juan is part of an infill program to convert the inferred to an indicated resource. Highlights from the recent drilling are as follows (Uncapped): ------------------------------------------------------------------- True Width Gold Silver Deposit Drill Hole From To Metres(i) (Metres) (g/t) (g/t) ------------------------------------------------------------------- Mojon MJ10-005 51.00 68.50 17.50 13.90 1.70 15.32 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Mojon MJ10-006 42.00 73.50 31.50 24.50 1.68 6.35 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Mojon MJ10-007 63.75 88.50 24.75 22.10 1.02 6.75 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Mojon MJ10-008 21.00 25.90 4.90 4.20 1.01 3.97 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Mojon MJ10-010 151.90 160.50 8.60 8.00 1.86 5.52 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan SJ10-004 0.00 18.00 18.00 13.00 3.99 3.66 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan SJ10-005 118.00 139.80 21.80 12.80 5.25 6.66 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan Includes 118.00 122.35 4.35 2.60 20.80 19.95 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan SJ10-006 54.00 60.50 6.50 4.90 1.10 17.86 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan SJ10-007 103.10 123.30 20.20 10.00 5.79 25.16 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan Includes 113.50 122.90 9.40 4.20 10.99 44.19 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan SJ10-010 45.00 54.00 9.00 6.00 2.67 5.03 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan SJ10-012 106.35 119.50 13.15 9.00 1.94 9.59 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan Includes 117.00 119.50 2.50 1.70 8.99 10.98 ------------------------------------------------------------------- San Juan SJ10-013 116.10 121.20 5.10 3.60 8.92 9.04 ------------------------------------------------------------------- (i) Metres - indicates down hole interval Note: Old mine stopes were encountered in the following holes: MJ10-007 from 72.60 to 73.50 (0.90 m), MJ10-008 from 19.50 to 21.00 (1.5 m), SJ10-002 from 67.80 to 69.00 (1.9 m), SJ10-006 from 52.25 to 57.00 (6.25 m) and SJ10-010 from 45.00 to 45.20 (0.20 m) down hole intervals.The significance of the results to date from La Libertad exploration is that they demonstrate not only the potential to increase the current seven year mine life but the higher grade results from Mojon, San Juan and Jabali indicate the potential to deliver higher grade ore than the current mine plan to La Libertad mill in the near term which could significantly increase annual gold production with no additional capital costs.El Limon Property ExplorationSince acquiring the Limon Mine, the B2Gold exploration team has identified over 21 exploration targets on the Limon property. Initial exploration results were positive indicating the potential for both open pit and underground deposits.Exploration continues on the El Limon property with two drills currently operating with one drill continuing with the Santa Pancha "Deep" infill drilling program and the second drill dedicated to exploration of the 18,000 hectare Limon and Bonete-Limon concessions. Forty two holes totaling 7,200 m have been completed to date of the planned US$3.8 million, 14,800 m 2010 program. Six new holes were abandoned due to drilling technical difficulties. Trenching work has started and ground magnetic surveying is scheduled to resume shortly while geological mapping programs are ongoing. The soil geochemical sampling program has been completed with 940 auger soil samples collected in 2010. Highlights of the recent drilling include: -- LIM-10-3508 with 3.89 m grading 23.75 g/t gold (Santa Pancha Deep Target) -- LIM-10-3502 with 7.55 m grading 4.61 g/t gold (Santa Pancha Deep Target) -- LIM-10-3515 with 1.5 m grading 40.06 g/t gold with 226.12 g/t silver and 1.75 m grading 21.85 g/t gold with 18.88 g/t silver (Panteon target) Nineteen new holes have been completed on the Santa Pancha "Deep" area with the additional holes continuing to confirm the results of the previous wide spaced drilling in this area where an inferred resource of 167,000 ounces (1.1 million tonnes at 4.7 g/t gold at 2.3 g/t cut off) was calculated by B2Gold in December 2009 under the supervision of Brian Scott, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Notable new intersection include LIM-10-3508 with 3.89 m grading 23.75 g/t gold (13.07 g/t gold if high assay cut to 30 g/t gold) and LIM-10-3510 with 2.25 m grading 8.79 g/t gold, from the southern end of the current drilling, and LIM-10-3497 with 17.61 m grading 3.49 g/t gold and LIM-10-3502 with 7.55 m grading 4.61 g/t gold. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Approx True Width Gold Silver Drill Hole Zone From To Metres(i) (m) g/t g/t ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3492 Santa Abandoned Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3493 Santa Abandoned Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3494 Santa Abandoned Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3495 Santa Abandoned Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3496 Santa 239.90 250.50 10.60 8.35 1.10 1.83 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3497 Santa 200.47 230.78 30.31 23.55 2.48 3.76 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santa Incl. 213.17 230.78 17.61 13.68 3.49 4.40 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3498 Santa 277.75 288.80 11.50 9.16 1.27 0.93 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3502 Santa 290.60 298.15 7.55 5.78 4.61 36.08 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3503 Santa 210.70 215.85 5.15 3.94 1.50 2.06 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3504 Santa 228.10 251.30 23.20 20.29 1.63 2.10 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3505 Santa 227.44 236.55 9.11 7.18 3.44 3.64 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3506 Santa 243.20 265.05 21.85 19.96 1.40 4.91 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santa Incl. 248.70 252.50 3.80 3.47 3.59 22.00 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3507 Santa Abandoned Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3508 Santa 234.46 238.35 3.89 3.80 23.75 10.40 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3510 Santa 253.30 255.55 2.25 2.15 8.79 7.67 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santa Incl. 253.70 255.10 1.40 1.34 13.37 10.69 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIM-10-3512 Santa 251.20 255.35 4.15 3.76 2.98 0.54 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santa And 272.25 277.25 5.00 4.53 3.75 7.78 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santa Incl. 272.25 273.80 1.55 1.40 8.88 15.09 Pancha Shaft 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (i) Metres - indicates down hole interval The results of the Limon exploration drilling are significant because they demonstrate the potential not only to convert resources to reserves and increase the mine life but to discover higher grade mineralization from both underground and open pit targets that could increase annual gold production at Limon.The exploration programs are reviewed and the results approved by Tom Garagan, B2Gold's Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. The programs utilize extensive QA/QC (quality assurance and quality control) protocols for assaying and sample handling that consist of the systematic insertion of blanks, standards and duplicates as well as using a secondary laboratory for regular check assaying. Core samples are cut with a diamond saw and then are brought to the Mine preparation laboratories where they are dried, crushed and pulverized. El Limon samples are assayed at the Mine Lab and check assays are done at ALS Chemex Labs in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for gold and silver fire assay.Samples from the La Libertad project (after preparation at the Mine) are sent directly to ALS Chemex Labs in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for gold and silver fire assay. Check assays are sent out on a quarterly basis to Skyline Laboratories in Tuscon, AZ.ON BEHALF OF B2GOLD CORP.Tom Garagan, Senior Vice President of ExplorationThe securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.Some of the statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, such as estimates and statements that describe the Company's future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: B2Gold Corp. Ian MacLean Vice President, Investor Relations 604-681-8371 or B2Gold Corp. Kerry Suffolk Manager, Investor Relations 604-681-8371 www.b2gold.com The Toronto Stock Exchange neither approves nor disapproves the information contained in this News Release.