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Niko Now Has Twenty Indonesia Exploration Blocks

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Niko Now Has Twenty Indonesia Exploration Blocks06:30 EST Tuesday, December 20, 2011CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2011) - Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX:NKO). Niko Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two new Production Sharing Contracts ("PSCs") in Indonesia. The Company now has interests in 20 Indonesian PSCs including 13 in its West Papua portfolio. As shown below, the 8,217 Km2 SE Seram block is adjacent to Niko's Seram, East Bula and Kumawa blocks and also borders a third party block where the Andalan-1 well is currently drilling. Niko will have a 100% working interest and operate.The 6000 Km2 Halmahera II block is adjacent to Niko's Obi, Halmahera-Kofiau and Kofiau blocks. Niko will have a 20% working interest. To view the West Papua Portfolio associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/westpapua.jpg Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements. Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to management's approach to operations, estimates of future sales, production and deliveries, business plans for drilling and development, estimated amounts and timing of capital expenditures, anticipated operating costs, royalty rates, cash flows, transportation plans and capacity, anticipated access to infrastructure or other expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about future events or performance. The reader is cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable by Niko at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Actual results achieved during the forecast period will vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; industry capacity; competitive action by other companies; fluctuations in oil and gas prices; the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to productions, costs and expenses; uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the imprecision in reserve estimates; risks associated with oil and gas operations, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits; the weather in the Company's area of operations; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; changes in environmental and other regulations; actions by governmental authorities including changes in laws and increases in taxes; decisions or approvals of administrative tribunals; risks in conducting foreign operations (for example, political and fiscal instability or the possibility of civil unrest or military action in countries such as India and Bangladesh); the effect of acts of, or actions against international terrorism; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Niko. There is no representation by Niko that the actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as those forecast.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Edward S. SampsonNiko Resources Ltd.Chairman of the Board, President & CEO(403) 262-1020ORMurray HesjeNiko Resources Ltd.VP Finance & CFO(403) 262-1020www.nikoresources.com