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Press release from CNW Group

Sterling Resources Awarded Exploration Licenses Offshore Netherlands

Monday, March 05, 2012

Sterling Resources Awarded Exploration Licenses Offshore Netherlands08:00 EST Monday, March 05, 2012CALGARY, March 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:SLG) ("Sterling" or the "Company") on behalf of its wholly-owned subsidiary Sterling Resources Netherlands BV, is pleased to announce the joint award of exploration licenses E3 and F1 in the Dutch North Sea. These licenses, covering 792 square kilometres (396 square kilometres per block), are located in the northern sector of the Dutch North Sea and have been awarded to Wintershall Noord Zee (operator with 50 percent) and Sterling (also 50 percent) for a period of four years, with a commitment to acquire approximately 600 square kilometres of 3D seismic."We are pleased to have started our business growth program in the Netherlands by involvement in an exciting exploration opportunity with a strong partner," stated Stephen Birrell, Sterling's Vice President and General Manager, France and the Netherlands.  "We look forward to applying our Southern North Sea exploration and appraisal experience in this new jurisdiction in conjunction with our current activities in the F Quad," added Mr. Birrell.Sterling Resources Ltd. is a Canadian-listed international oil and gas company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with assets in the United Kingdom, Romania, France and the Netherlands.  The shares are listed and posted for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "SLG".Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.Filer Profile No. 00002072Forward-Looking StatementsAll statements included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Sterling expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. In addition, statements relating to reserves or resources are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions that the reserves and resources described can be profitably produced in the future.These forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions made by Sterling based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  In addition, these statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other-forward looking statements will prove inaccurate, certain of which are beyond Sterling's control, including: the impact of general economic conditions in the areas in which Sterling operates, civil unrest, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. In addition there are risks and uncertainties associated with oil and gas operations.  Readers should also carefully consider the matters discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form.Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur.  Sterling's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements.  These statements speak only as of the date of the press release. Sterling does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.Financial outlook information contained in this press release about prospective results of operations, financial position or cash flows is based on assumptions about future events, including economic conditions and proposed courses of action, based on management's assessment of the relevant information currently available.  Readers are cautioned that such financial outlook information contained in this press release should not be used for purpose other than for which it is disclosed herein.For further information: visit www.sterling-resources.com or contact: Mike Azancot, President and Chief Executive Officer, Phone: 44-20-3008-8488 mike.azancot@sterling-resources.com David Blewden, Chief Financial Officer, Phone: 44-20-3008-8488 david.blewden@sterling-resources.com George Kesteven, Manager, Corporate and Investor Relations, Phone: (403) 215-9265, Mobile: (403) 519-3912, george.kesteven@sterling-resources.com