Barrick Meets 2004 Targets and Starts on 40% Targeted Growth Plan-Three New Mines Expected to Commence Production This Year

January 25, 2005

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 2005--All amounts in United States dollars

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX)(LSE:ABX)(SWX:ABX)(BOURSE:ABX) announced today that full year gold production for 2004 reached 4.96 million ounces at an average total cash cost of $212 per ounce.

The Company also confirmed that it expects 2005 gold production to be 5.4 to 5.5 million ounces at an average total cash cost of $220 to $230 per ounce and that it remains committed to its 40% targeted growth plan and gold production target for 2007 of 6.8 - 7.0 million ounces. The commencement of production in 2005 at three new mines, Lagunas Norte in the Alto Chicama District in Peru, Veladero in the Frontera District in Argentina and Tulawaka in Tanzania, along with the start-up of the Cowal mine in first quarter 2006, will contribute significantly to the expected growth plan. The three new mines are expected to drive the 10% production increase over 2004 with production and cash costs expected to improve in the second half of 2005.

"I'm pleased that we were able to meet our original 2004 production and cost targets during a year of significant cost pressures for the mining industry," said Greg Wilkins, Barrick President and Chief Executive Officer. "Last year's operating performance and the significant progress made on our portfolio of low operating cost development projects strengthens my belief that we have the best quality assets in the gold industry."

Barrick also announced today that the Lagunas Norte/Alto Chicama Legal Stability Agreement between Barrick and the Peruvian Government has been executed. This agreement will provide certainty as to the foreign exchange and fiscal administrative regime for 15 years, including real estate tax, custom duties, VAT and excise taxes.

On January 18, 2005, Barrick advised of a final resolution in its favor regarding a Peruvian tax dispute. The resolution will be reflected in its fourth quarter 2004 results.

Project Pipeline - At-a-Glance
Development      Prod.    Reserve ounces(1) 10 Yr        Project
  Project        Expected     (in millions) Production   Status

  Tanzania       Q1 '05          0.4        70-75,000(2) Under
Lagunas Norte,
  Peru           Q3 '05          7.2        535-560,000  Under
  Argentina      Q4 '05         11.1        525-550,000  Under
  Australia      Q1 '06          2.5        220-230,000  Under
East Archimedes,
  Nevada         2007-2008       1.0        TBD          EIS &
 Chile/Argentina 2009           16.9        750-775,000  EIS &

(1) Based on reserves calculated as at December 31, 2003, except with respect to Pascua-Lama where reserves have been calculated as at June 30, 2004 and East Archimedes where reserves have been calculated as at September 30, 2004. For information on reserves for Tulawaka, Lagunas Norte, Veladero and Cowal, see Barrick's most recent Annual Information Form / Form 40-F. For information on reserves for Pascua-Lama, see Barrick's Second Quarter Report 2004 dated July 24, 2004. For information on reserves for East Archimedes, see Barrick's Third Quarter Report 2004 dated October 26, 2004.

    (2) Tulawaka's mine life is four years.

    Year-End Call

The Company will hold its regular quarterly conference call for the investment community to discuss fourth quarter and year-end 2004 audited results on February 17, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. EST. Details for the conference call can be found at

Barrick is building a new generation of mines around the globe and has the lowest total cash costs among the major gold producers. Its mission is to be the world's best gold company by finding, developing and producing quality reserves in a profitable and socially responsible manner. Barrick shares are traded on the Toronto, New York, London and Swiss stock exchanges and the Paris Bourse.

Certain statements included herein, including those regarding amount and timing of production, costs and other statements that express management's expectations or estimates of future performance, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "intends", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "may", "will", "schedule", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The Company cautions the reader that such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual financial results, performance or achievements of Barrick to be materially different from the Company's estimated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements and the forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to: changes in the worldwide price of gold or certain other commodities (such as silver, copper, fuel and electricity) and currencies; changes in interest rates or gold lease rates that could impact realized prices under our forward sales program; legislative, political or economic developments in the jurisdictions in which Barrick carries on business; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; the speculative nature of gold exploration and development, including the risks of diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; and the risks involved in the exploration, development and mining business. These factors are discussed in greater detail in Barrick's Management's Discussion and Analysis contained in its 2003 Annual Report and its most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities.

    CONTACT: Barrick Gold Corporation
             Vincent Borg
             Vice President, Corporate Communications
             (416) 307-7477
             Fax: (416) 861-1509

    SOURCE: Barrick Gold Corporation

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