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Sandspring Establishes Exploration & Development Office in Guyana

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sandspring Establishes Exploration & Development Office in Guyana09:00 EST Thursday, January 20, 2011TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2011) -Sandspring Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SSP) ("Sandspring" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the establishment of an exploration & development office in Guyana and the appointment of L. Werner Claessens as Vice President of Exploration and the appointment of Pascal van Osta as Exploration Manager effective as of February 1, 2011. Both Werner and Pascal will be operating out of Sandspring's new Exploration and Development Office located in Georgetown, Guyana to support development of the Company's advanced Toroparu gold deposit and exploration of additional district scale gold targets.Werner and Pascal most recently served as Vice President of Exploration for Africa and Exploration Manager West Africa, respectively, at Endeavour Mining Corporation after its acquisition of Etruscan Resources Inc. in September 2010. Werner Claessens has been exploring for gold in West Africa for more than 30 years. He has experienced considerable success as an explorationist of greenstone hosted gold deposits for several European Union funded regional exploration programs, including the discovery of several large gold finds such as Sadiola Hill and Morila in Mali, and the Samira Hill deposit in Niger. Werner holds a Degree in Geological and Mineralogical Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Leuven, Belgium.Pascal Van Osta has worked extensively throughout sub-Saharan West Africa in Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, and in French Guyana for Belgian and European Agencies as well as the UNDP. Pascal holds a Degree in Geological and Mineralogical Sciences from the Free University of Brussels (ULB), Brussels, Belgium.Since 1997, Werner and Pascal have played key roles in the exploration of Etruscan's extensive and highly prospective property packages across West Africa, and in the development of feasibilities for the company's Samira-Libiri Hill (Niger, 1999), Youga Hill (Burkina Faso, 2006) and Agbaou Hill (Côte d'Ivoire, 2010) gold deposits. Rich Munson, CEO of Sandspring, states: "We are very pleased to welcome proven gold finders such as Werner and Pascal to lead Sandspring's newly established Exploration and Development office in Georgetown. As residents of Guyana on a full time basis, Werner and Pascal will greatly enhance our ability to manage both the advancement of the Toroparu deposit toward feasibility and production decisions and the evaluation and testing of the multiple gold targets located elsewhere in the Company's extensive landholdings." Sandspring is a company currently exploring and developing the NI 43-101 Toroparu Gold-Copper Project in Guyana, South America. Additional information on Sandspring can be viewed on SEDAR under the Corporation's profile at or on Sandspring's website at news release includes certain forward-looking statements concerning the future performance of our business, financial performance and condition, as well as management's objectives, strategies, beliefs and intentions. Forward-looking statements are frequently identified by such words as "may", "will", "plan", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend" and similar words referring to future events and results. Forward-looking statements are based on the current opinions and expectations of management. All forward-looking information is inherently uncertain and subject to a variety of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, fluctuating commodity prices, the Company's successful advancement of the Toroparu deposit toward feasibility and obtaining positive results from ongoing evaluation and testing of multiple gold targets located elsewhere in the Company's landholdings, among other risks as described in more detail in our recent securities filings available at Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in the forward looking-statements and we caution against placing undue reliance thereon. Sandspring Resources Ltd. has an ongoing obligation to disclose material information as it becomes available.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Mr. Abraham Drost, P.Geo.Sandspring Resources Ltd.President(807) 252-7800www.sandspringresources.comNeither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.