Sona Resources Corporation
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Sona Resources Corporation

February 11, 2010 12:40 ET

Sona Resources Corp.: Positive Results From Elizabeth Property Metallurgy Tests; Elizabeth Ore Compatible with Blackdome Milling Facility

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - Sona Resources Corp. (the "Company" or "Sona") (TSX VENTURE:SYS) is pleased to announce that recent metallurgical testing, conducted by G&T Metallurgical Services Limited of Kamloops, B.C., of mineralized drill core samples from its Elizabeth Gold Property ("Elizabeth") confirms that 93 percent of the gold from these samples can be recovered. The study demonstrates that the Elizabeth ore can be processed through the existing milling circuit at the nearby Blackdome Gold Mine ("Blackdome"), which the Company also owns. Sona plans to transport the ore production by road for processing through the gravity and flotation mill at Blackdome.

Additional testing has indicated that with a cyanide leach of the flotation concentrate, about 90 percent of the total gold in the circuit can be recovered. By adding the necessary equipment to do so at the Blackdome mill, Sona could produce dore bars on site rather than shipping the flotation concentrate to a smelter, as was done previously, and incurring the transportation related costs and smelter charges.

"This is a very important step towards Sona's goal of bringing the Blackdome Gold Mine and the Elizabeth Gold Property to full production by 2012," said Nick Ferris, President and CEO of Sona.

The Blackdome mill was last operated in 1999. An independent evaluation in 2006 of the mill's condition concluded that the mill was properly closed down in 1999, and that all equipment remains in good working order. The Blackdome and Elizabeth Properties are respectively located approximately 250 and 220 kilometres north of Vancouver in the Clinton and Lillooet Mining Divisions.

Sona has also commissioned the following research:

  1. Mineral resource study to NI 43-101 standards on the Blackdome property.
  2. Study of reprocessing the 330,000 tonnes of tailings at the Blackdome property.
  3. Study of increasing the capacity of the tailings dam at Blackdome.
  4. Study on dry stacking of future tailings.
  5. Engineering and upgrade costs study for upgrading the road between Blackdome and Elizabeth.
  6. Preliminary assessment and economics for the reactivation of the Blackdome mill with feed from the Blackdome and Elizabeth projects.

About Sona Resources Corp.

Since its inception in 1990, Sona has engaged in exploration activities at its mineral properties in Canada and the U.S., as well as small-scale gold production at its flagship property, the Blackdome Gold Mine, in south-central British Columbia. At its Elizabeth Gold Property, 50 kilometres south of the Blackdome Gold Mine, Sona has outlined an inferred gold resource of 522,900 tonnes grading 12.3g Au/t containing 206,100 ounces of gold. Sona holds a 100 percent interest in two other promising properties: the Callaghan Project, located in Nevada within 80 kilometres of several producing mines; and the Montgolfier Project in Quebec, which lies 40 kilometres east of the multimillion-ounce Casa Berardi Mine gold deposit, and straddles a 25-kilometre strike length along the Casa Berardi deformation zone.

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by John P. Thompson, P.Eng., Sona's qualified person for this project for the purpose of NI 43-101 regulations.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, and such statements involve risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted may differ materially from actual results or events. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this news release. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or any other occurrence.

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