Kent Exploration Inc.
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Kent Exploration Inc.

February 09, 2010 14:39 ET

Kent Commences Lyell Gold Project Assessment Program

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2010) - Kent Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KEX) reports that through its wholly owned subsidiary, Kent Exploration NZ Limited (together, the "Company" or "Kent"), it has commenced a geological assessment and sampling program on the Company's Lyell Gold Project, approximately 25 kilometers northwest of Reefton,West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

The Company's geological consultant for the Lyell Gold Project, Ms. Heidi Rhodes, M.Sc. P.Geol, under the direction of the Company's senior consulting geologist for New Zealand, Ms. Nancy Reardon, M.Sc. P.Geol., has completed a reconnaissance visit and a limited preliminary rock chip sampling program at the historic Red Queen mine which, according to reports filed with Crown Minerals New Zealand, had a reported production of 2,208 tons of ore for a recovery of 3,104 oz/au, or a grade of 1.41 oz/t Au (approximately 44 g/t Au) with reported bonanza ore grades of up to 5 oz/t Au (approximately 171 g/t Au). The Lady Agnes, Swastika and Southern Light reefs, which are in close proximity to the historic Red Queen mine were also located. Visible gold was identified in the quartz samples from the Red Queen, which have been submitted for assay to SGS laboratories NZ.

The 472 sq. km Lyell gold prospect is located in the Buller district of the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand and encompasses the historic Red Queen, Southern Light, Nile, Swanston, Swastika, South Pacific, Mokihinui, Lady Agnes, Halcom and Strathconnor gold mines. The Company is focusing its current assessment program on the gold bearing quartz reefs in the north of the project area which is bounded by the Mohikinui River and the Rough and Tumble and Maori Creeks. The Lady Agnes and Southern Light quartz reefs on the south bank of the Mohikinui River have been exposed by a landslide. Historically, gold mineralization along with sulphides has been reported at the Halcom prospect on the north bank of the Mohikinui River and gold and silver mineralization has been reported at the Strathconnor on Rough and Tumble Creek, where reported historic grades were 12 g/t Au and 15.5 g/t Ag.

The Company advises that the historic production and grades are not NI-43-101-compliant, a qualified person has not done sufficient work to confirm the historical production and grades nor determined whether a current mineral resource is present and the historical estimates should not be relied upon.

The Company has made an application to the New Zealand Department of Conservation for a limited low impact diamond drill program on the Alexander River property.

Kent Exploration Inc is a junior exploration company that has an Option Agreement to earn 100% of Teck's interest in Chalice Gold Mines Limited's Gnaweeda Gold Project in West Australia and has acquired the Alexander River, Paparoa and Lyell gold projects in the highly prolific Reefton gold field in New Zealand.

The Company has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Silver Hills property, a silver/ lead/ zinc prospect in south-eastern British Columbia, and has a 100% interest in the Courtney Lake property, a silver/ lead/ zinc prospect in north-east Saskatchewan. The Company has a 100% interest in Coal Prospecting Permits covering approximately 92,000 ha in east-central Saskatchewan, a 100% interest in a mining lease option on the Flagstaff Mountain property, a gold/silver/zinc/barite prospect in eastern Washington state, a 100% interest in the mining lease option on the Ivanhoe Creek property, a Midas-style gold/silver target in Nevada's Carlin Trend, and 50% of a 100% interest in the Ivanhoe Creek placer claims covering a bentonite deposit.

This News Release has been prepared on behalf of the Kent Exploration Inc. Board of Directors, which accepts full responsibility for its contents. The content of this release has been reviewed and approved by Marvin A. Mitchell, P. Eng. A qualified person as defined by National Instrument NI-43-101.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Graeme O'Neill, President

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release

Contact Information

  • Kent Exploration Inc.
    Graeme O'Neill
    President
    604-684-3394 or Toll free: 1-866-399-6539
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    www.kent-exploration.com