Forte Energy NL

May 25, 2010 09:00 ET

Positive Metallurgical Results for Firawa Uranium Project

                                                                                                     FORTE ENERGY NL
                                                                                                     ACN 009 087 852
                                                                                                   ASX/AIM CODE: FTE
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                                                                                          ASX, AIM and Media Release
                                                                                                         25 May 2010

                            Positive Metallurgical Results for Firawa Uranium Project, Guinea

*    Latest results from acid-leach testing confirm potential for heap-leach operation at Firawa Uranium Project in

*    Initial results indicate uranium recovery rates of 67% from 8-hour acid leach testing

*    Further pre-feasibility optimisation testing to be undertaken aimed at reducing acid consumption and further
     improving uranium recovery rates
*    Additional drilling program being planned on the remaining 50% undrilled anomaly. Drilling to commence at the
     end of Q3 after the wet season to extend the current JORC resource

International uranium exploration company Forte Energy NL (ASX / AIM: FTE) ("Forte Energy" or "the Company") is
pleased to  report encouraging preliminary results from metallurgical investigations being undertaken of samples
from  its  100% owned Firawa Uranium Project in Guinea, West Africa.

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In  July 2009, Forte Energy announced an initial JORC-code compliant Inferred uranium resource of 17.7Mt grading
296ppm U3O8  for 11.6 million pounds of contained U3O8 for the Firawa Project (using a cut-off grade of 100ppm U3O8).
There  is potential for the resource to be increased as the deposit remains open along strike and down dip.

The  Company  has  engaged  Mineral Engineering Technical Services Pty Ltd ("METS") in Perth,  Australia,  to 
undertake metallurgical testing to assess the deposit for potential heap leach recovery.

This  process route would involve percolating an acid or alkaline solution through heaps of the mineralised material
to dissolve  the  uranium. The uranium in solution would then be selectively extracted using an ion  exchange
process  and precipitated and roasted into a uranium oxide (U3O8) concentrate. Key parameters for this process
therefore include  the mineralogy of the deposit and the leaching recoveries, dynamics and acid (or alkali)

Preliminary QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscope) analysis of composite
samples from  Firawa was initially conducted by METS to assess the mineralogy. This analysis showed that 99.99% 
of the contained uranium  is hosted in the mineral crandallite, a calcium aluminium phosphate which made up 27% 
of the composite  samples tested. Goethite (41%) and hematite (15%) were the other major components identified.

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Carbonates were not detected so the ore is not expected to show excessive acid consumption in a moderately acidic
leach and  may also be amenable to alkaline leaching. The QEMSCAN analysis also suggested that reducing the iron
content  with gravity separation before leaching will also be a likely avenue for improving leach recoveries.

Following  the encouraging mineralogical analysis and some initial leach testing on raw samples, Forte Energy
forwarded additional  Firawa  samples  to METS to carry out further leach testing as a precursor to prefeasibility
studies.  This testing  is investigating the effects of acid concentration, temperature and grind size and potential
for upgrading  the ore with gravity separation, to optimise the uranium extraction from the crandallite.

The  preliminary  test  plan examined samples crushed to 1mm then undergoing gravity separation via  tabling.
Resulting samples were then split and underwent both pug roast leach testing and direct acid leach testing with
sulphuric acid.

For the pug roast leach testing, sulphuric acid was added at the rate of 500kg/tonne then baked at 250°C for 1 hour.
The pug roast leach testing resulted in the recovery of around 55% of the uranium and 49% of the iron content.

Samples for the direct acid leach tests were 30% solids treated with a 6Molar solution of sulphuric acid at 90°C for
24 hours  with solid and residue samples taken at several intervals for assaying. The maximum uranium extraction  of 
67.2% was  achieved after 8 hours of leaching. This represents a considerable improvement from the 35% recovery
achieved  from the initial leach test on raw samples.

The  acid consumption was higher than optimal due to a high percentage of iron oxides/hydroxides that were dissolved
in the  process. To lower the acid consumption more iron oxides would need to be rejected prior to the leach step.
Further investigation aims to optimise the leaching to improve uranium recovery and reduce acid consumption.

Uranium Recovery - Direct Acid Leach Tests

                                      Uranium Recovery
1 hr                                             59.9%
4 hr                                             60.2%
8 hr                                             67.2%
16 hr                                            63.5%
24 hr                                            63.0%
Head Grade                                      0.072%

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Forte  Energy  is  pleased  with  the results of the preliminary testing and looks forward  to  receiving  the
complete metallurgical test-work summary report from METS, along with their recommendations for further optimisation

Based  on the positive results so far, the Company is preparing plans for further drilling at Firawa to commence at
the end of Q3 in 2010, after the rainy season ends. The drilling is likely to include both extension and infill
drilling and would  be aimed at extending the current JORC code compliant resource, which remains open along strike
and down dip,  as well  as  moving  some  of  the resource form inferred to indicated status. The Company also
expects  to  commence  the permitting process as part of prefeasibility studies for a potential heap leach operation.

The Firawa uranium anomaly is 5 km log and only half of it has been investigated by drilling. The second phase 
drilling, the  core  drilling  program completed in January 2009, confirmed continuity and encountered 
mineralisation  where  not expected. The Company believes there is capacity to considerably increase the tonnage.

Bir En Nar uranium prospect, Mauritania

As  previously  announced,  the   Company is awaiting the final chemical assay results from  the  +5,800m  diamond 
core resource  drilling  program at the  key Bir En Nar Uranium Project in Mauritania. Once these results are 
received  they will  be  incorporated  with existing results to enable calculation of an initial JORC Code compliant 
Mineral  Resource estimate.  Forte  Energy  is also awaiting assay results from its recent 5,000m RC drilling program 
across  nine  other uranium anomalies within its Mauritanian licences.

Mark Reilly
Managing Director

For further information contact:

Mark Reilly, Managing Director
Forte Energy N.L.                                Tel: +44 (0) 203 300 0187

Alastair Stratton/Tim Graham
Matrix Corporate Capital LLP                     Tel: +44 (0) 203 206 7000

Conduit PR
Jos Simson/Emily Fenton                          Tel: +44 (0) 207 429 6603

Stuart Laing
RFC Corporate Finance Ltd                        Tel: +618 9480 2506
(AIM Nominated Adviser to the Company)


The  information in this report that relates to exploration results in West Africa is based on information  compiled
by Mr.  Bosse  Gustafsson of Forte Energy NL and Mr. Doug Corley of Coffey Mining Ltd. Mr. Gustafsson and Mr.  Corley 
have sufficient  experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration 
and  to the  activity  which  they  have undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in  the  2004
Edition  of  the "Australasian  Code  for  Reporting of Mineral Resources and Reserves". Mr. Gustafsson  is  a 
member  of  the  European Federation  of Geologists a Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation ("ROPO"). Mr Bosse
Gustafsson is a  full  time Technical  Director  of  Forte Energy NL and is responsible for exploration activities in 
Mauritania  and  Guinea.  Mr. Gustafsson and Mr. Corley consent to the inclusion in this report of the matters based
on their information in the  form and context in which it appears.

About Forte Energy

Forte  Energy  is an emerging international uranium company focused on the exploration and development of a high-
quality portfolio  of uranium assets in the Republics of Mauritania and Guinea, West Africa. These assets have the
potential  to develop as long-life uranium production projects, representing a significant new strategic source of
uranium supply  for world markets.

Forte  Energy  is  progressing its Mauritanian assets through a Strategic Alliance and Cooperation  Agreement  with
the French-based multinational industrial and nuclear energy giant, Areva NC, a global expert in nuclear energy.
Areva  also holds a strategic 11.1% equity interest in Forte Energy.

Under this agreement, Forte Energy has access to Areva's extensive uranium exploration database in Mauritania as well 
as technical cooperation and on-ground support from Areva in advancing the exploration and evaluation, in particular
of the rapidly emerging Bir En Nar Uranium Project, located in the Zednes region of northern Mauritania.

Forte Energy and Areva have agreed to establish a joint venture to develop the Company's Mauritanian assets if a 
minimum 60-80 million pounds of JORC Code compliant inferred uranium resources are established within the next two

Forte  Energy's  growth  strategy in the international uranium industry is being driven by  an  accomplished  Board
and management team focused on maximising shareholder value and returns.

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