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Nautilus Minerals Signs Contract for 2010 Drilling Program

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nautilus Minerals Signs Contract for 2010 Drilling Program11:03 EDT Thursday, June 10, 2010TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2010) - Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS)(AIM:NUS) (the "Company" or "Nautilus") is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the TSMarine Group of Companies ("TSMarine") under which TSMarine has agreed to provide drilling services in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea starting in October 2010. The drilling program will focus on improving the resource and geotechnical understanding at Solwara 1 as well as scout drilling at other prospects on the Company's 100% owned tenements in the Bismarck Sea.TSMarine will provide the vessel, operating crew, remotely operated vehicles and drilling equipment. The contract has a minimum value of approximately US$7 million, with options to extend based on success. TSMarine will use Rovdrill 3, a second generation seafloor drilling system, with the ability to drill 70mm core wireline holes up to 80 metres deep.Stephen Rogers, Nautilus' CEO, commented: "The Rovdrill 3 gives Nautilus the capability to more fully test the resource potential of our Seafloor Massive Sulphide systems in the Bismarck Sea. The drilling spread will also collect geotechnical data to optimise equipment design and extend the mine plan at Solwara 1."TSMarine is an Australian owned subsea oil and gas contractor providing a range of specialist services in deepwater construction, rigless intervention, and systems decommissioning. TSMarine will use Seafloor Geoservices as drilling subcontractor. Seafloor Geoservices is part of the Triton Group, and provides specialist offshore geotechnical and mineral exploration drilling services. Triton subsidiary, Perry Slingsby Systems, designed and built the original Rovdrill systems that completed the successful 2007 Solwara 1 drilling campaign.LinksFigure 1: Nautilus Minerals Inc.Nautilus is the first company to commercially explore the ocean floor for polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits and is currently developing its first project. The Company's main focus is the Solwara 1 Project, which is located in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean. Nautilus is listed on the TSX and AIM stock exchanges, and has among its largest shareholders two of the world's leading international resource companies Anglo American (11.1%), Teck Resources (6.8%) and Metalloinvest, one of the largest and fastest growing mining and metallurgical holding companies in Russia, beneficially owns 21.0% of its shares through Gazmetall Holding (Cyprus) Limited.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto) Investor Relations +1 (416) 551 1100 or Nautilus Minerals Inc. Australian Project Office +61 (7) 3318 5555 or Numis Securities Limited John Harrison Nominated adviser + 44(0) 20 7260 1000 or Numis Securities Limited James Black Corporate broking + 44(0) 20 7260 1000 Neither the TSX nor the London Stock Exchange accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.