Fortress Minerals Corp.

Fortress Minerals Corp.

May 11, 2009 08:57 ET

Fortress Minerals Corp.: Drilling Underway at Svetloye Project, Russia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2009) - Fortress Minerals Corp. ("Fortress" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:FST) is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced at the Svetloye gold project, located in the Russian Far East. The 2009 drilling program will initially concentrate at the Amy prospect where the Company recently updated the 43-101 compliant inferred resource to 467,000 contained ounces of gold at an average grade of 2.43 grams/tonne (g/t). The total inferred resources at Svetloye, including Elena, Amy and Tamara now stands at 20.103 million tonnes grading 2.21 g/t gold and containing 1.428 million ounces of gold (see Press Release dated April 23, 2009). An aggressive work program is planned for 2009 including trenching, sampling and over 8,000 metres of drilling.

The Amy deposit is one of nine prospects at Svetloye that occur over a linear distance of eight kilometres. Gold is associated with extensive zones of vuggy silica, quartz-alunite and quartz-dickite-kaolinite alteration. This style of mineralization is common to Pierina, Veladero and other high sulphidation epithermal deposits. Fortress currently owns a 100% interest in the Svetloye Project. Please see the Company web site at for more information.

James C. Ashleman, Chief Geologist, P.Geo., and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this news release.


Lukas Lundin, President and CEO

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning the Company's plans for its properties. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to political risks involving the Company's exploration and development of its properties, the inherent uncertainty of cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations, the inability or failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's periodic filings with the British Columbia Securities Commission. Such information contained herein represents management's best judgment as of the date hereof based on information currently available. The Company does not intend to update this information and disclaims any legal liability to the contrary.

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