Tom Exploration Inc. is presenting an update on the progression of the work in the Rupununi Mining District in Guyana



    QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Tom Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: TUM)
(the "Corporation" or "Tom Exploration") is please to present an update on the
progression of the work being done by its 100% owned subsidiary company Excel
Gold Guyana Inc. ("Excel Gold") on the newly acquired rights in the Rupununi
Mining District in Guyana, South America.
    Last October 26, Excel Gold acquired 6 Prospecting Permits - Medium Scale
Blocks (the "Blocks") covering 5522 acres in that region of Guyana (the
"Property") witch is also very well known in that country as the Frenchman
region.
    Since acquiring these Blocks, Excel Gold as preceded with the following:

    Building of a mining camp;
    Opening additional access roads on the Property;
    Official demarcation of the Blocks by a local renowned surveyor;
    Identification of mineralized zones; and
    Preparation for further exploration work to commence incessantly.

    We began doing some exploration on one of the Blocks just before the
holiday period and were encouraged by the results. Analysis of the materiel
found will be completed as soon as the local authorities namely the Guyana
Geological & Mine Commission will have issued all the required permits for
exportation and analysis. Excel Gold will apply for those permits during the
next few weeks.
    Meanwhile, exploration of the Blocks is continuing and we will report
further as the results become available.

    This press release was prepared by Tom Exploration and the TSX Venture
Exchange is not responsible for the relevance or accuracy of this press
release.
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For further information:

For further information: Daniel Pauzé, (514) 951-7776

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