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Taipan Resources Inc. Announces $3,000,000 Private Placement

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Taipan Resources Inc. Announces $3,000,000 Private Placement20:24 EST Thursday, January 31, 2013VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2013) -NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE U.S.Taipan Resources Inc. ("Taipan" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TPN) is pleased to announce that the Company is proceeding with a non-brokered private placement to raise up to $3,000,000 through the issuance of up to 8,571,428 units ("Units") at a price of $0.35 per Unit. Each Unit will consist of one common share of the Company and one transferable share purchase warrant, with each warrant entitling the holder to purchase an additional common share of the Company for a period of five years at an exercise price of $0.50. All securities issued pursuant to the private placement will be subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day. Management of Taipan intends to subscribe for ten percent or more of the offering.The Company may pay a finder's fee on all or a portion of the private placement. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the private placement for exploration expenditures and for general working capital purposes. About Taipan Resources Inc. Taipan Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TPN) is an independent African oil and gas exploration company with interests in 9.7 million gross oil and gas exploration acres (39,588 km2) in Block 1 and Block 2B onshore Kenya. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Lion Petroleum Corp., Taipan currently holds a 100% working interest in Block 2B (1.9 million acres / 7,807 km2) and a 20% working interest in Block 1 (7.8 million acres gross / 31,781 km2) which is operated by Afren plc. Taipan is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange with the symbol TPN. This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to the timing and completion of the private placement and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as "will", "may", "should", "anticipate", "expects" and similar expressions. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the completion of the private placement are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Taipan's expectations are risks detailed from time to time in the filings made by Taipan with securities regulations.The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of any forward-looking information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Taipan. As a result, Taipan cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and Taipan will only update or revise publicly any of the included forward-looking statements as expressly required by Canadian securities law.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Neither 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 release. Contact Information: Taipan Resources Inc.Joel DumaresqDirector(604) 336 3193jdumaresq@taipanresources.comwww.taipanresources.comKin Communications Inc.Investor Relations604-684-6730 or