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Nautilus Commences 2010 Drilling Program

Monday, November 01, 2010

Nautilus Commences 2010 Drilling Program08:27 EDT Monday, November 01, 2010TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2010) - Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS)(AIM:NUS) (the "Company" or "Nautilus") is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2010 drilling program, with the departure of the vessel REM Etive from Singapore, bound for the Company's Solwara Projects in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea.The 2010 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, Papua New Guinea. TSMarine will provide the vessel; operating crew, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and drilling equipment required for the project. The ROVdrill3 drilling system to be used is a second generation seafloor drilling system, with the design ability to wireline diamond drill 70mm diameter core to a hole depth of up to 80 metres.Nautilus' CEO, Steve Rogers, commented: "The ROVdrill3 gives Nautilus the capability to further test the resource potential of our Seafloor Massive Sulphide systems in the Bismarck Sea. The drilling equipment will also collect geotechnical data that is expected to allow us to further optimise equipment design and extend the production plan at Solwara 1."LinksFigure 1: www.nautilusminerals.com/i/misc/Figure-1_Rovdrill3SimulatedLandingOnHighGradeSolwara1Terrain.jpgFigure 2: www.nautilusminerals.com/i/misc/REM Etive labelled.jpgAbout 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%) and Teck Resources (6.8%), as well as Metalloinvest, one of the largest and fastest growing mining and metallurgical holding companies in Russia, which beneficially owns 21.0% of the Company's issued shares through Gazmetall Holding (Cyprus) Limited.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Investor RelationsNautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto)+1 (416) 551 1100investor@nautilusminerals.comwww.nautilusminerals.comORAustralian Project OfficeNautilus Minerals Inc.+61 (7) 3318 5555ORJohn HarrisonNumis Securities LimitedNominated Adviser+ 44(0) 20 7260 1000ORJames BlackNumis Securities LimitedCorporate Broking+ 44(0) 20 7260 1000Neither the TSX nor the London Stock Exchange accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.