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

March 20, 2013 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Further to our March 18, 2013 press release, Morien Resources Corp. (“Morien” or the “Company”) (TSXV: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

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John P.A. Budreski, President and CEO


Dawson Brisco, Manager Corporate Development

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