Forte Energy NL
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January 31, 2011 02:00 ET

Update on Firawa Project in Guinea, West Africa

                                                                                                        
                                                                                         FORTE ENERGY NL
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                                                                                       ASX/AIM CODE: FTE
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                                                                                  ASX, AIM and Media Release
                                                                                         31 January 2011
                                                      
                                    Update on Firawa Project, West Africa
                                                      

Firawa Uranium Project
            *       Commencement of pre-feasibility activities
            *       GBM Engineering appointed to lead the metallurgical testing and process design
            *       SGS appointed to undertake wide ranging environmental and anthropological surveys
                 
International uranium company Forte Energy NL (ASX/AIM: FTE; "Forte Energy" or "the Company")  announces  an
update on activites at its 100% owned Firawa Uranium Project in Guinea, West Africa.

Appointment of contractors
The  Company  has  appointed  UK  based  mineral engineering  consultants,  GBM  Engineering,  to  lead  the
metallurgical testing and process design project for the Firawa Uranium Project.

Preliminary  metallurgical  testing  has  been undertaken previously  with  positive  results,  but  a  more
comprehensive  testing  regime will now commence with the end objective of developing  a  full  Uranium/Rare
Earth  Element  (REE)  process design.  The process will commence immediately with appropriate  laboratories
being selected and the preparation of samples in Guinea.

Environmental Baseline Studies
In addition, the Company has appointed global engineering firm SGS to undertake the associated environmental
and  anthropological surveys in the region of the Firawa deposit.  These studies are wide ranging  but  will
cover two broad issues:

1.      As  Firawa  is a high rainfall area, the Company considers it prudent to measure naturally occurring
        background levels of uranium and other metals in soils and water across a wide area before any major ground
        disturbing activities are undertaken.

2.      The  region  is  populated,  with several small villages within 5km of the  deposit.   Studies  will
        include a rough census of the local population and studies of local land use in order to provide a base line
        for later studies of the social impact of any mining development.

These  studies will be undertaken in a way so as to form the basis of formal Environmental and Social Impact
studies  for  submission  to the Guinea government as part of the pre-feasibility study  and  mining  permit
process.



Mark Reilly
Managing Director


For further information contact:

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

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

Jos Simson/Emily Fenton
Tavistock Communications                         Tel: +44 (0) 207 920 3150

Nicholas Read/Paul Armstrong
Read Corporate                                   Tel: +61 (0) 8 9388 1474

Stuart Laing
RFC Corporate Finance Ltd                        Tel: +61 (0) 8 9480 2506
(AIM Nominated Adviser to the Company)


Note:

The  information in this report that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by  Mr.
Bosse  Gustafsson,  who  is  a  Member  of the European Federation of  Geologists,  a  'Recognised  Overseas
Professional  Organisation'  ('ROPO') included in a list promulgated by  the  ASX  from  time  to  time.  Mr
Gustafsson  is  a  full  time  Technical Director of Forte Energy NL  and  is  responsible  for  exploration
activities in Mauritania and Guinea. Mr. Gustafsson has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style
of  mineralisation  and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is  undertaking  to
qualify  as  a  Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for  Reporting  of
Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves'. Mr. Gustafsson consents to the inclusion  in  this
report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

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