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Message: First 2009 Drill Results Continue to Expand Sabodala Gold Deposits

First 2009 Drill Results Continue to Expand Sabodala Gold Deposits

posted on Apr 14, 2009 06:53AM
April 14, 2009
Oromin Explorations Ltd.: First 2009 Drill Results Continue to Expand Sabodala Gold Deposits-Wide-Spread High-Grade Assays Reported at Kerekounda Deposit
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2009) - Oromin Explorations Ltd. (TSX:OLE)(OTCBB:OLEPF) -

HIGHLIGHTS

- FIVE DRILLS CONTINUE WORKING AT SEVERAL OJVG GOLD DEPOSITS

- SRK'S PRE-FEASIBILITY STUDY CONTINUES ON SCHEDULE TOWARDS Q3 COMPLETION

- SUCCESSFUL DEEP DRILLING RESULTS RETURNED FROM GOLOUMA SOUTH, GOLOUMA WEST AND KEREKOUNDA DEPOSITS

- OXIDE POTENTIAL EXPANDS AT MASATO AND MAKI MEDINA DEPOSITS

- LATEST DRILLING RESULTS INCLUDE:

-- 13 metres of 10.2 g/t gold in DH-426 at Kerekounda

-- 10 metres of 8.52 g/t gold in DH-414 at Kerekounda

-- 14 metres of 11.23 g/t gold in RC-521 at Kerekounda

-- 12 metres of 15.33 g/t gold in RC-535 at Kerekounda

-- 9 metres of 12.79 g/t gold in RC-555 at Golouma South

-- 10 metres of 8.59 g/t gold in DH-429 at Golouma West

-- 5 metres of 46.90 g/t gold in DH-430 at Golouma West

-- 9 metres of 13.39 g/t gold in DH-434 at Golouma West

-- 15 metres of 2.17 g/t gold in RC-505 at Masato

-- 13 metres of 1.53 g/t gold and 16 metres of 1.76 g/t gold at Masato

-- 22 metres of 1.44 g/t gold at Maki Medina

Oromin Explorations Ltd. ("Oromin"), on behalf of the Oromin Joint Venture Group ("OJVG"), is pleased to announce additional results from the ongoing step-out and in-fill drilling program at its Sabodala Gold Project in eastern Senegal. The majority of 2009 drilling to date has focused on the lateral and vertical expansion to the high-grade Kerekounda gold deposit, as well as resource expansion drilling at each of the Golouma West, Golouma South and Masato gold deposits. Drilling at the Maki Medina gold deposit continues to delineate a near surface, oxidized zone of gold mineralization. Favourable results at each of these deposits will expand the previously announced inferred mineral resource estimate of 2.26 million ounces of gold (see February 27, 2009 press release) calculated for the Masato, Golouma South, Golouma West and Kerekounda deposits.

Our 2009 Pre-Feasibility Study being undertaken by SRK Consulting is proceeding on schedule with metallurgical, hydrological, geotechnical, resource evaluation, infrastructure/site development and environmental programs under way and ongoing.

KEREKOUNDA DEPOSIT

As the following table indicates, favourable widths and high-grade results continue at the Kerekounda gold deposit, a continuous shear-hosted vein system for which significant results are now available over a minimum 300-metre strike extent and a minimum down-dip extent of 300-metres, as established by DH-426 and DH-428. Oromin management continues to be encouraged by this early-stage drilling success at Kerekounda. Based on the present geometry, continuity and high-grade nature of results received to-date, Oromin considers Kerekounda to be an attractive, early-stage combined open pit and underground mining opportunity that will enhance and complement previously announced preliminary resources at the Masato, Golouma West and Golouma South gold deposits.

The following table outlines the significant drilling results recently received from Kerekounda, which include numerous highly encouraging high-grade values:

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            Grid            Azimuth/       From - To    Interval      Gold
Drill Hole  Co-ordinate         Dip               (m)         (m)     (g/t)
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DH-413      54639N/5474E    060/-60            67-69           2     47.10
                                          incl.68-69           1     92.40
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DH-414      54593N/5409E    060/-60          150-160          10      8.52
                                        incl.156-159           3     21.29
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DH-415      54616N/5441E    060/-60          116-121           5     12.22
                                        incl.119-120           1     34.36
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DH-416      54566N/5381E    060/-60          146-148           2      3.40
                                             181-191          10      4.45
                                        incl.183-184           1     17.58
                                             200-201           1     10.48
                                             225-227           2      7.99
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DH-417      54711N/5430E    060/-60            83-85           2     35.32
                                          incl.83-84           1     68.09
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DH-418      54600N/5376E    060/-60          169-170           1     84.22
                                             173-182           9      7.79
                                        incl.178-179           1     40.79
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DH-419      54692N/5395E    060/-60          119-123           4      7.97
                                        incl.119-120           1     20.16
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DH-421      54570N/5446E    060/-60            97-99           2      7.61
                                             141-143           2     19.31
                                             148-149           1     16.14
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DH-424      54655N/5415E    060/-60          112-116           4     14.89
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DH-425      54546N/5414E    060/-60          186-189           3      5.89
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DH-426      54588N/5255E    060/-60          287-300          13     10.12
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DH-427      54550N/5289E    060/-60          285-292           7     10.75
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DH-428      54622N/5236E    060/-60          296-301           5      6.26
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RC-513      54658N/5378E    060/-60          140-146           6     11.16
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RC-514      54625N/5363E    060/-60          166-173           7      6.69
                                             177-179           2     17.05
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RC-515      54661N/5343E    060/-60          168-175           7     11.29
                                        incl.168-169           1     65.72
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RC-517      54632N/5425E    060/-60          221-223           2     10.82
                                        incl.221-222           1     19.78
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RC-519      54560N/5500E    060/-60          115-119           4     14.68
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RC-520      54560N/5500E    060/-60            91-96           5     22.62
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RC-521      54646N/5398E    060/-60          137-151          14     11.23
                                        incl.147-151           4     25.54
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RC-525      54685N/5468E    060/-60            48-60          12      6.47
                                          incl.49-52           3     16.97
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RC-529      54559N/5500E    060/-60            54-57           3      4.47
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RC-531      54610N/5425E    060/-60          133-140           7     18.92
                                        incl.135-136           1     94.44
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RC-532      54580N/5395E    060/-60          167-170           3      6.55
                                        incl.168-169           1     17.30
                                             175-177           2     12.91
                                             192-197           5      8.96
                                        incl.193-195           2     19.03
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RC-533      54615N/5510E    060/-60            24-26           2      8.79
                                               53-56           3      4.59
                                               60-65           5      3.24
                                          incl.64-65           1     10.79
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RC-534      54536N/5466E    060/-60            94-97           3      8.04
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RC-535      54627N/5458E    060/-60            86-98          12     15.33
                                          incl.93-97           4     33.90
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RC-548      54450N/5505E    060/-50            58-60           2      3.95
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RC-551      54484N/5490E    060/-60            91-93           2      7.86
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RC-562      54667N/5314E    060/-65          207-217          10      3.91
                                        incl.207-208           1     20.92
                                             236-237           1     21.06
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RC-563      54641N/5308E    060/-60          211-214           3     13.30
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RC-564      54605N/5328E    060/-60          217-224           7     13.88
                                        incl.222-223           1     52.67
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RC-565      54588N/5338E    060/-60          200-203           3     11.51
                                             216-221           5     11.29
                                        incl.216-217           1     26.22
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RC-566      54684N/5304E    060/-60          192-198           6      6.13
                                        incl.192-193           1     28.28
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Mineralized intervals are based on 1-metre composite samples utilizing a
1.0 g/t gold cut-off level with a maximum internal dilution of 2 metres.
The attitude of mineralized intervals varies and reported mineralized
intersections may not represent true widths.
GOLOUMA SOUTH DEPOSIT

Only three additional drill holes were completed at the Golouma South gold deposit in early 2009, as recommended by SRK Consulting in conjunction with the ongoing Pre-Feasibility Study.

The following table outlines these drilling results, including the deepest mineralization intersected to date in RC-557:

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            Grid            Azimuth/       From - To    Interval      Gold
Drill Hole  Co-ordinate         Dip               (m)         (m)     (g/t)
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RC-555      52593N/4999E    110/-64          159-168           9     12.79
                                        incl.159-160           1     40.16
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RC-556      53002N/4985E    110/-61          123-125           2      1.73
                                             208-211           3      6.11
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RC-557      53058N/4955E    110/-59          248-265          17      3.50
                                        incl.257-263           6      8.01
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Mineralized intervals are based on 1-metre composite samples utilizing a
0.5 g/t gold cut-off level with a maximum internal dilution of 2 metres.
No cutting of gold assays has been employed for reported intervals. The
attitude of mineralized intervals varies and reported mineralized
intersections may not represent true widths.
GOLOUMA WEST DEPOSIT

A total of eight additional drill holes were completed at the Golouma West gold deposit in early 2009, as recommended by SRK Consulting in conjunction with the ongoing Pre-Feasibility Study. As at Golouma South, these holes represented some of the deepest mineralization intersected to date in the central portion of the Golouma West deposit.

The following table outlines the significant drilling results from this limited drilling:

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            Grid            Azimuth/       From - To    Interval      Gold
Drill Hole  Co-ordinate         Dip               (m)         (m)     (g/t)
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DH-429      53328N/4639E    015/-58          262-272          10      8.59
                                        incl.266-269           3     23.94
                                             279-286           7      2.03
                                        incl.279-181           2      5.09
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DH-430      53299N/4673E    015/-60          283-288           5     46.90
                                        incl.284-285           1    165.60
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DH-431      53329N/4680E    015/-60          247-259          12      7.06
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DH-434      53265N/4706E    015/-60          304-313           9     13.39
                                        incl.304-305           1     35.00
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RC-559      53261N/4786E    015/-59          245-248           3      2.65
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Mineralized intervals are based on 1-metre composite samples utilizing a
0.5 g/t gold cut-off level with a maximum internal dilution of 2 metres.
No cutting of gold assays has been employed for reported intervals. The
attitude of mineralized intervals varies and reported mineralized
intersections may not represent true widths.
MASATO DEPOSIT

Seventeen drill holes recommended by SRK Consulting are currently under way at the Masato deposit as part of the ongoing Pre-Feasibility Study. Results are pending.

Favourable results from two previous drill holes, RC-505 and RC-506, completed at the southern portion of the Masato deposit should expand and enhance the oxide mineralization component of this extensive deposit. Both of these recent holes intersect good thicknesses of oxide gold mineralization to considerable depth, as outlined in the following table:

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            Grid            Azimuth/       From - To    Interval      Gold
Drill Hole  Co-ordinate         Dip               (m)         (m)     (g/t)
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RC-505      58980N/4555E    110/-50            29-44          15      2.17
                                          incl.30-38           8      3.62
                                               57-66           9      1.24
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RC-506      59055N/4585E    110/-50              1-6           5      1.10
                                               12-25          13      1.53
                                          incl.12-19           7      2.32
                                               65-67           2      1.58
                                               72-88          16      1.76
                                          incl.72-79           7      2.83
                                              96-100           4      1.59
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Mineralized intervals are based on 1-metre composite samples utilizing a
0.25 g/t gold cut-off level with a maximum internal dilution of 2 metres.
No cutting of gold assays has been employed for reported intervals. The
attitude of mineralized intervals varies and reported mineralized
intersections may not represent true widths.
MAKI MEDINA DEPOSIT

The Maki Medina deposit is coincident with a gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly covering approximately 1.2 kilometres in strike extent. To date, the northern 400 metres has returned the most favourable drill results. Previously released results from Maki Medina included 2.51 g/t gold over 13 metres in DH-394, 2.30 g/t gold over 11 metres in DH-395 and 1.85 g/t gold over 10 metres in RC-433. Much of the mineralization identified thus far at Maki Medina is oxide in nature, which is potentially heap leachable, similar to a significant portion of the Masato deposit mineralization.

The following table outlines the significant results recently received from Maki Medina:

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            Grid            Azimuth/       From - To    Interval      Gold
Drill Hole  Co-ordinate         Dip               (m)         (m)     (g/t)
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DH-406      54101N/2075E    110/-50             8-15           7      2.43
                                               49-55           6      4.39
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RC-549      54177N/2098E    110/-50            50-61          11      1.22
                                          incl.55-60           5      1.82
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RC-550      54149N/2049E    110/-50             8-30          22      1.44
                                           incl.8-16           8      2.69
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RC-571      54149N/2049E    110/-70            65-71           6      1.12
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RC-572      54111N/2036E    110/-50            64-66           2      1.55
                                               79-84           5      2.24
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Mineralized intervals are based on 1-metre composite samples utilizing a
0.25 g/t gold cut-off level with a maximum internal dilution of 2 metres.
No cutting of gold assays has been employed for reported intervals. The
attitude of mineralized intervals varies and reported mineralized
intersections may not represent true widths.
Outlook

Oromin's further and ongoing 2009 drilling plans include an aggressive evaluation to expand the high-grade Kerekounda gold deposit, to outline and define oxide mineralization potential at various other known gold deposits, and to initiate the systematic evaluation of other structural-geochemical targets throughout the Golouma-Kerekounda region.

Technical supervision

Doug Turnbull, P. Geo., is a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101, and has verified the data disclosed in this news release. William Bond, P. Geo., is also a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101, and has supervised geologic field procedures. TSL Laboratories in Saskatoon carried out all assaying under industry-standard QA/QC procedures.

To find out more about Oromin Explorations Ltd., visit www.oromin.com. Please refer to the maps which set out the Sabodala deposits and zones under "investor info/articles and reports" on the website, and our previous news releases, for additional project information.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of

OROMIN EXPLORATIONS LTD.

Chet Idziszek, President
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