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High Grade Assays Received From Deepest Drilling at Western Extension

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December 15, 2011

Vancouver, B.C. - Kivalliq Energy Corporation (KIV: TSX-V) (the "Company" or "Kivalliq") today provided assay results from diamond drilling at the Western Extension, located 450 metres along strike and west of the high grade Lac Cinquante uranium deposit. Six of seven holes reported high-grade uranium mineralization at vertical depths ranging from 193 to 327 metres.

Highlights disclosed herein include:

“The high grade values from these intervals, including the deepest intersected on the property to date, clearly demonstrate the growth potential at depth,” stated President Jeff Ward, P.Geo. “The assays will be incorporated into future resource estimates.”

Western Extension

This third, and final, set of results is comprised of 7 core holes drilled at the Western Extension. The Western Extension has a drilled strike length of 550 metres and starts 450 metres to the west, and along strike, of the Lac Cinquante main zone resource area.

9,468 metres in 54 diamond drill holes tested a northwest trending VLF EM conductor which exhibited a response similar to that of the Lac Cinquante deposit. Drilling from 17 set-ups spaced on 50 metre drill sections intersected radioactive intervals down to depths of 250 metres vertically. Two additional set-ups, spaced 100 metres apart, targeted below the original fences and intersected mineralization down to 327 metres. Final assays from these two drill hole set-ups are disclosed in this news release.

Mineralization is similar to that found at Lac Cinquante, but is structurally hosted in altered basalt rather than a tuffaceous unit.  Radioactive intervals are associated with sheared, chlorite-carbonate altered basalt with minor brecciation and sulphides. Hematized quartz-carbonate veining is common in this zone.

All core holes were drilled to the northeast with azimuths bearing 26 degrees, at inclinations between minus 45 and 90 degrees. 43 of 54 holes drilled at the Western Extension have now intersected uranium mineralization between 30 and 327 metres vertical depth, in a zone dipping roughly 65 degrees to the southwest. Kivalliq has now fully disclosed assays from all diamond drill holes at the Western Extension.

For a summary of the 2011 exploration program at Angilak, please see the news release from October 18, 2011. To view related cross sections and drill plan maps, please visit http://kivalliqenergy.com/projects/angilak/program_images/

 

Western Extension Assay Results

2011 Lac Cinquante Western Extension Drilling Program - Assay Results
Hole
From (m)
To (m)
Interval (m)
Est. True Width (m)
U3O8 (%)
Cu (%)
Mo (%)
Ag (g/t)
Description
11-LC-109
116.2
116.7
0.5
N/A 
0.47
0.38
0.03
40.2
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-109
280.0
281.0
1.0
0.8
2.02
1.42
0.01
19.7
Main Zone
11-LC-115
228.0
229.3
1.3
N/A 
0.61
0.05
0.09
37.7
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-115
245.7
247.3
1.6
1.4
0.36
1.09
0.13
45.7
Main Zone
11-LC-115
256.2
256.6
0.4
N/A 
0.60
0.05
0.10
16.8
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-116
297.0
298.5
1.6
1.1
0.98
0.29
0.03
14.3
Main Zone
11-LC-117
314.9
315.5
0.6
0.4
0.36
0.02
0.01
1.2
Main Zone
11-LC-117
374.3
374.9
0.6
N/A 
0.65
0.07
0.05
7.0
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-118
359.1
359.6
0.6
N/A 
0.40
0.03
0.16
7.2
Qtz Carb Vein
11-LC-119
303.6
305.5
1.9
1.5
0.83
0.44
0.11
37.7
Main Zone
11-LC-120
340.8
344.2
3.4
2.3
0.45
0.35
0.26
69.9
Main Zone
includes
341.1
342.3
1.2
0.8
1.21
0.87
0.71
190.4
Main Zone

*All samples subject to ICP 1 Analysis by SRC in Saskatoon, SK. ICP1 results >1000 ppm U are subject to SRC U3O8 Assay; ICP1 results for Cu, Mo and Ag are reported by SRC in parts per million (ppm).  1 ppm = 1gm/t, 10000 ppm = 1%; Intervals include ICP U analysis in ppm converted to U3O8%.  Conversion to U3O8% = ppm x 0.01179%. Estimate for true width of mineralization is based on the angle of surveyed drill hole and the apparent orientation of the zone at the intercept.

QA/QC 

Samples from the 2011 drilling program comprised half split NQ drill core. All samples were analyzed for U3O8 and a multi-element suite by Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) Geoanalytical Laboratories. The SRC facility operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E), General Requirements for the Competence of Mineral Testing and Calibration laboratories and is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. The samples are first analyzed by SRC's ICP-OES multi-element Uranium exploration ICP1 method. The method analyzes for multi-elements including Ag, Mo, Cu, Pb, Zn and a suite of rare earth elements. ICP results U>1000 parts per million (ppm) are analyzed using SRC's ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited U3O8 Assay method. Laboratory quality control (QC) includes a repeat analysis on every 20th sample. Repeat samples had good reproducibility. Kivalliq's QC included the insertion of blanks and standards into the sample inventory at the project site prior to shipment in sealed containers. All QC results were within expectations.

Disclosure of a technical nature contained in this release has been reviewed and approved by Kivalliq’s President, Jeff Ward, P.Geo. Mr. Ward is the Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.

About Kivalliq Energy Corporation

Kivalliq Energy Corporation is a uranium exploration and development company, and the first company in Canada to sign a comprehensive agreement with the Inuit of Nunavut to explore for uranium on Inuit Owned Lands in Nunavut.

With an NI 43-101 compliant Inferred Mineral Resource of 810,000 tonnes grading 0.79% U3O8, totaling 14.15 million lbs U3O8 (17.5 lbs U3O8/tonne) at a 0.2% U3O8 cut-off grade, the Lac Cinquante Deposit is Canada’s highest grade uranium deposit outside of the Athabasca Basin. Kivalliq’s flagship project, the 225,000 acre Angilak Property in Nunavut, hosts the high-grade Lac Cinquante deposit, along with nine additional high priority target areas. Since acquiring the Angilak Property in 2008, the Company has invested approximately $30 million conducting systematic exploration, including ground and airborne geophysics, geological mapping, prospecting and approximately 48,000 meters of RC and diamond drilling.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Jim Paterson”

James Paterson, CEO
Kivalliq Energy Corporation

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