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Morien Confirms Interest in Acquiring Xstrata's Stake in Donkin Coal Project

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - Further to our March 18, 2013 press release, Morien Resources Corp. ("Morien" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:MOX) is responding to Xstrata Coal''s ("Xstrata") announcement today that it has been unable to find a third party buyer for its 75% stake in the Donkin Coal Project.

Prior to Xstrata''s April 26, 2012 announcement of its intention to sell its 75% interest, Morien designed a strategy regarding Xstrata''s prospective sale and this recent development was anticipated and incorporated into that strategy. Morien has been working with a selection of prospective operating, marketing, coal purchasing and financial partners. Morien and its team will now vigorously pursue this path for the purchase of Xstrata''s 75% interest. Morien looks forward to working with Xstrata and the Province of Nova Scotia to bring this sale process to a successful conclusion.

About Morien

Morien is a Canadian company engaged in resource development and its principal asset is a 25% interest in the Donkin Coal Project in Nova Scotia. Morien has 4,901,976 options outstanding and 49,256,240 issued and outstanding common shares. Further information is available at www.morienres.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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