Amanta Resources Ltd.
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Amanta Resources Ltd.

December 19, 2006 10:30 ET

Amanta Provides Update on Lanna Tungsten Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - Amanta Resources Ltd. (the Company) (TSX VENTURE:AMH) is pleased to provide the following update on exploration activity at its Lanna Tungsten Project, which comprises several former tungsten producing mines in northern Thailand. The Company's strategy is to acquire and evaluate a number of such smaller scale, high grade tungsten mines in Thailand and develop sufficient tonnage of high-grade ore to warrant a commercial production operation.

Doi Ngom Property

The Company has analysed the results from its recently completed initial reconnaissance drilling program at the Doi Ngom tungsten property. This program was designed to provide information regarding the geological structure of the mineralized breccia deposit and its contacts with the country rocks, to assist in planning resource drilling programmes for the property.

Fourteen widely spaced drill holes were completed over the 36 hectare project area. All holes were drilled inclined 60 degrees to the East, except drill hole DN11, which was drilled vertically. The cumulative length of the holes was 825 metres. Due to the hard and fractured nature of the brecciated material, drilling was slower than expected and drill core recoveries lower than anticipated, possibly impacting the accuracy of estimate of average grades in drill holes.

Drill holes were logged and the core split and sampled in the field by Amanta geological staff and samples were sent to the Mineral Assay and Services (MAS) laboratory in Bangkok for sample preparation. Prepared samples were sent to Lakefield Research Limited, Ontario, Canada for tungsten determination by XRF, while the MAS laboratory in Bangkok used ICP to analyse for a series of 23 elements including base metals, silver, ferrous metals, arsenic and antimony.

The results indicate widespread tungsten dissemination throughout the breccia body, with varying degrees of mineralization being observed in each of the drill holes. Structurally, the breccia appears to be a tabular body of silicified brecciated material with intercalations of acid tuffs, mudstones and sandstone, rather than a sub-vertical pipe. The average depth to the granite contact is generally 50 metres with a maximum depth of 75 metres.

The table below lists the more significant tungsten intercepts observed.



DH # from to interval WO3%
DN02 15m 16m 1m 1.60%
16m 17m 1m 0.18%
DN03 9m 13m 4m 0.10%
DN04 0m 7m 7m 0.10%
DN05 16m 18m 2m 0.10%
DN06 7m 9m 2m 0.50%
14m 17m 3m 0.15%
DN10 1m 2m 1m 0.44%


Previous tungsten production at Doi Ngom was from a number of high grade pods or lenses within the breccia body. It seems likely that the more significant tungsten grades are to be found mainly in the feeder channels to these high grade pods, and the areas immediately surrounding them. The grades encountered in DN02, DN06 and DN10 might well indicate the presence of some of these high grade bodies, though a much closer drilling grid would be needed to develop an accurate appreciation of the overall intensity of mineralization throughout the breccia body.

Other minerals were detected in the Doi Ngom mineral system, which might be larger and more important than previously suspected. This is indicated by the frequent copper intercepts once the drill holes entered into the granite underlying the breccia. Several of the drill holes return ICP results of 0.1% copper over several metres, with the best section occurring in DN10 with 30 metres of greater than 0.1% copper with a maximum of 0.8% copper over 1 metre. The company is evaluating all available information for the Doi Ngom property, to develop the most effective ongoing exploration strategy.

Mae Lama Property

Tungsten was produced from the Mae Lama property until the mid-1980s, when declining tungsten prices caused most Thai producers to halt production. Over the past 20 years the site access roads fell into disrepair and the Company is currently upgrading access roads and preparing drill locations for an initial drilling program.

This program, which will include up to 1,200 m of core drilling, will target the known high grade wolframite veins at the property and will commence as soon as the access roads have been upgraded. The drilling program is designed to confirm anecdotal information regarding historical tungsten grades and to obtain additional information to assist in planning a formal resource drilling program, which would commence upon completion of the planned drilling program at the Company's Langu gold property.

Mae Chedi Property

As previously announced the Company has made application for a Special Prospecting Licence over the Mae Chedi property, scene of another former tungsten mine. This application is currently under review by the Thai government.

Other Potential Acquisitions

The Company is currently evaluating other acquisition opportunities to add to the Lanna Tungsten Project and further enhance its tungsten development strategy.

Geological Information contained within this report has been verified by Pieter Bakker (Director, Executive VP - Amanta Resources Ltd.). Mr. Bakker satisfies the requirements of a Qualified Person as defined in the National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects).

Amanta Resources Ltd. is focused on mineral exploration, development and production in Thailand and the Southeast Asian region. The Company concentrates on the systematic evaluation of known mineral occurrences, rather than "greenfields" exploration, creating early opportunities to finance and develop mines.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF AMANTA RESOURCES LTD.

Gerald D. Wright, President

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