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Candente Copper Commences Drilling at Canariaco

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 3, 2013) - Candente Copper Corp. (TSX:DNT)(PINKSHEETS:CCOXF)(LMA:DNT) ("Candente Copper" or "the Company") is pleased to advise that exploration and feasibility drilling has recommenced on the Canariaco property.

Two drills are now working on the property. The first hole was collared on December 21, 2012 on Canariaco Norte and is a metallurgical hole. The second drill was collared several days later at Canariaco Sur and is an exploration hole.

The Company received the water permit from the Authority Nacional de Agua ("ANA") on December 07, 2012 which allows the Company to use site water for the drilling activities and was the last permit required for drilling to commence at Canariaco. In accordance with best environmental practices, water used for drilling will be collected in ponds and recycled as much as possible. Upon completion of drilling, water used will be treated and kept in the ponds where it will undergo a natural evaporation process. Muds (additives) used for drilling will be contained and transported off site for disposal in an approved disposal facility.

Approximately 11,000 metres of feasibility drilling are planned for Canariaco Norte and approximately 2,500 metres of exploration drilling are planned for Canariaco Sur. Approximately 140 local employees are currently engaged in support of the drilling and other project site activities.

Community Dialogue

The National Dialogue and Sustainability Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers ("PCM") is continuing to establish a constructive "Dialogue for Development" with the participation of the different regional and national sectors related to the Canariaco Project. In this manner proposals, concerns and development of the area which the community or others may have will be openly discussed, and that the Company's project activities, impacts and intentions are accurately and factually presented.

Candente Copper, which has been clear with policies of social and environmental responsibilities, abides by and forms part of the proposal made by the Central Government, in respect for the laws and practices mentioned above.

This dialogue is intended to build on the agreement of July 8, 2012 whereby the Community of San Juan de Kanaris granted the Company surface access for exploration for a three year period. The General Assembly of July 8, 2012 was attended by approximately 1,000 people and the resulting Act (Acta) was signed by over 700 community members.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines ("MINEM") reviewed all legal documentation and confirmed that the result of this General Assembly is the only legally valid Community meeting regarding surface access.

As part of the three year access agreement of July 8, 2012, Candente Copper committed 1.5 million Peruvian soles (approximately US$585,000) to the community of San Juan de Kanaris. This fund will be managed by committees comprised of community representatives and members of Candente Copper's Peru based management team. Disbursements approved by the committees will be made for projects, partnerships and causes demonstrated to promote healthy and sustainable communities.

Sustainability and Community Development Programs

The Company is continuing its Sustainable Development Programs within the Community of San Juan de Kanaris. Our community strategy is based on the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals ("UMDG") which are themes of development highlighted by the United Nations as the most urgent obstacles to poverty reduction. The UNDG's focus is on education, gender equality and health, child mortality, disease control, environment and global partnerships.

Candente Copper has developed and is supporting agricultural programs in coffee and quinoa, as well as education and health. The Company is promoting the development and procurement of local services and skills geared towards employment to increase shared value within the communities of the Canariaco project area. Recently Candente Copper supported the state trades school Sencico to certify 40 young community members in electrical installations.

Candente Copper has also formed partnerships with local and international Non Governmental Organizations and Institutions ("NGOs"). Several of the NGOs work in association with the Company and several work independently. Save the Children works independently to improve the maternal skills, hygiene and health of women and children in the communities of San Juan de Kanaris. Save the Children is also working to strengthen the connections between the rural high Andean communities and the health and educational services and programs of the Regional and National Governments. Candente Copper's alliance with the Clinton-Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative provided much needed corrective eye surgery to a number of people suffering from reduced vision due to cataracts in the provinces of Lambayeque and Cajamarca. In coordination with this program, the Lions Club of Chiclayo has provided free eyeglasses to a large number of children and elderly who were diagnosed with substandard vision.

Working with the NGO Progreso Agrario (Pro-A) and the Associacion de Productores Organicos de San Juan Bautista Kanaris (A.P.C), Candente Copper is assisting coffee growers in the region to improve coffee bean quality and yield, achieve eco-socio certifications, and to obtain direct access to International markets for their coffee beans. The success of this coffee project has driven a second agricultural initiative in the promotion of quinoa demonstration plots in the higher altitude Andean communities. Collectively, these programs are designed to provide direct long term benefit to community members through enhancement of skills in organization and association, nutrition, hygiene, agriculture, career development and local product marketing skills.

Candente Copper also has an active partnership with RENIEC, the authority of the Peruvian government that assigns documentation and identity cards to Peruvian citizens. Many community members of San Juan de Kanaris are not registered with the state and as a result may not have access to state social services such as health and education.

About Candente Copper

Candente Copper's flagship project is the 100% owned, 7.5 billion pound, Feasibility stage Canariaco Norte Copper Project located in northern Peru's prolific mining district. The Canariaco Norte deposit contains a Measured and Indicated resource of 752.4 million tonnes grading 0.49% copper equivalent(i), and an Inferred Resource of 157.7 million tonnes at 0.44% copper equivalent(i).

Sean Waller, P.Eng., President and Joanne C. Freeze, P.Geo., CEO, are the Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 for the projects discussed above. They have reviewed and approved the contents of this release.

(i) The 'Measured and Indicated Resource' listed above consists of Measured Resources of 338.1Mt at 0.48% Cu, 0.08 g/t Au, and 2.0/t Ag (0.52% Cu Eq.), plus Indicated Resources of 414.3Mt at 0.43% Cu, 0.06 g/t Au, and 1.8 g/t Ag (o.46% Cu Eq.). All resources quoted in this release are based on a 0.30% copper cut-off grade and 229 drill holes completed to March 2008. (i)Copper equivalent grade including gold and silver, metal recoveries (gold 55%; silver 50%) and smelter returns (copper 96.5%: gold 93%; silver 90%) applied. Copper grade equivalent calculation: Cu Eq% =(Cu % + ((Au grade x Au price x Au recovery x Au smelter return%)+(Ag grade x Ag price x Ag recovery x Ag smelter return%))/(22.0462 x Cu price x 31.0135 g/t x Cu recovery x Cu smelter return%). The metal prices used are: copper US$2.50/lb, gold US$1,035/oz and silver US$17.25/oz.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Candente relies upon litigation protection for forward-looking statements.

CAUTIONARY NOTE TO U.S. INVESTORS

We advise U.S. investors that this news release uses terms that are not recognized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including "mineral resources", "measured resources", "indicated resources" and "inferred resources". The estimation of measured and indicated resources involves greater uncertainty as to their existence and economic feasibility than the estimation of proven and probable reserves. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that mineral resources in these categories will be converted to reserves. The estimation of inferred resources involves far greater uncertainty as to their existence and economic viability than the estimation of other categories of resources. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that estimates of inferred mineral resources exist, are economically mineable, or will be upgraded into measured or indicated mineral resources. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that mineral resources in any of these categories will be converted into reserves.

On behalf of the Board of Candente Copper Corp.

Joanne C. Freeze, P.Geo., CEO and Director

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Candente Copper Corp.
info@candentecopper.com
www.candentecopper.com


Candente Copper Corp.
Walter Spagnuolo
Manager, Investor Relations
mobile: +1 (604) 306-8477
local: + 1 (604) 689-1957 ext 3


Candente Copper Corp.
Nataly Reategui
Investor Relations, Peru
(511) 715-2001 ext 107
nreategui@candente.com

 

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