Kent Exploration Inc.

Kent Exploration Inc.

February 10, 2011 13:00 ET

Kent to Commence Alexander River Diamond Drill Program

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2011) - Kent Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KEX) reports that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kent Exploration NZ Limited (together, the "Company" or "Kent"), has mobilized a field team and diamond drill to the Company's Alexander River Gold Project, approximately 25 kilometers southeast of Reefton,West Coast, South Island, New Zealand in order to commence its planned, minimum impact, diamond drill program.

The minimum 4 hole diamond drill program, under the direction of Dr. Clay Conway, Ph.D. P.Geol., is planned to identify geology and structures to assist in determining the potential for the property to host economic gold mineralization.

During the Company's 2010 surface sampling program, significant gold assay included trench "F", 3.2m at 24.6 g/t Au including 1.9m at 40.38 g/t Au, trench "A", 6.4m at 6.87 g/t Au including 3.2m at 12.91 g/t Au, trench "K", 8m at 10.56 g/t Au including 2.9m at 20.2 g/t Au, and trench "M", 12.8m at 4.5 g/t Au including 4.1m at 9.13 g/t Au.

Alexander River Background

The 2,669-hectare Alexander River gold prospect encompasses the historic Alexander gold mine, which reportedly produced 41,091 ounces of gold from 47,726 tonnes of quartz prior to closing in 1943 due to war induced labor shortages.

In 1988, CRA cleared and sampled historic trenches and adits. The project was later acquired from CRA by Macraes Mining. Based on CRA's data and limited drilling, Macraes Mining identified an auriferous halo of sulphide-hosted mineralization which exists around the early mined reefs with a resource potential of approximately four million tonnes grading more than five grams per tonne gold, for approximately 643,000 ounces of gold, as reported in a report filed with Crown Minerals NZ in 1993. Subsequently, Macraes carried out mapping, rock chip sampling, and a limited amount of drilling from the Level 6 workings. The Macraes report is available for viewing on the Company's website at:

The Company advises that a qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as a current mineral resource. The Company is not treating the historical estimates as a current mineral resource and the historical estimates should not be relied upon. The Company has retained Dr. Gerry Ray, Ph.D. P.Geol, to prepare an independent, NI 43-101 Compliant Geological Report on the Alexander River property.

Kent Exploration NZ Limited has received approval from the NZ Department of Conservation for the limited, minimum impact, diamond drill program on the Alexander River property.

Kent Exploration Inc is a junior exploration company that has an approximately 35% interest in, and is the controlling shareholder of, Archean Star Resources Inc, which has an Option Agreement to earn 100% of Teck's interest in Chalice Gold Mines Limited's Gnaweeda Gold Project in West Australia. The Company has also 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, 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 fully permitted mine which is approved to produce up to 100,000 tons of barite per year, 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 43-101.


Graeme O'Neill, President

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