Helio reports excellent drill results from the Kenge Target - Mbenge Zone, SMP Gold Project, Tanzania

                            Drill results include:
                             15.8m @ 4.4g/t Au
                             16.0m @ 3.8g/t Au
                             32.9m @ 2.0g/t Au
                             29.0m @ 1.7g/t Au
                             16.3m @ 1.2g/t Au
                             8.0m @ 2.4g/t Au

    TSX-V Trading Symbol: HRC                           Tel.: 604 - 638 8007
    E-mail: info@helioresource.com         Website: www.helioresource.com

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 2 /CNW/ -

    Kenge Target Drilling Update
    Helio Resource Corp. ("Helio" or the "Company") (TSX-V: HRC) is pleased
to report the latest drill results from nine diamond drill holes from the
Mbenge Zone of the Kenge Target at the SMP Gold Project, Lupa Goldfields, SW
    The results confirm management's view that the Kenge Target has the
potential to host a significant open-pittable gold deposit, in addition to the
potential significant gold resource the company is testing at the Porcupine
Target (Company Press Release dated January 26, 2009).


    -   Drilling continues to intersect thick zones of mineralisation.
    -   New results confirm that the Mbenge Zone is still open towards the
    -   Mineralisation is still open to depth.

    Detailed results are presented in the links below:

    -   Table of Drill Intercepts:

    -   Drill Plan Map Kenge Target - SE and Mbenge Zones:

    -   Long Section Kenge Target - Mbenge Zone:

    -   SMP Plan Map:

    The Mbenge Zone is the easternmost section of the Kenge Target (see link
to plan map above).
    Holes SZD176, SZD182 and SZD183 were drilled to the NE of all previous
Mbenge diamond drill holes to investigate the fault offset. These holes
successfully intersected the mineralisation, notably in SZD183 which
intersected 16m grading 3.8g/t Au.
    Geological interpretation of the drilling indicates that the Mbenge Zone
is the eastwards-faulted extension of the SE Zone of the Kenge Target, and
remains open along strike to the east. Reconnaissance Reverse Circulation
drilling conducted in 2007 (see Company news release dated October 29, 2007)
indicates that mineralisation could extend at least a further 500m east of

    Helio, through its 100% owned subsidiary BAFEX Tanzania Ltd., can earn a
100% interest in five contiguous licences, which cover a 34km strike length of
the Saza Shear Zone (see news releases dated December 19, 2005, September 11,
2006, and October 16, 2008). The project covers the New Saza Gold Mine, which
operated between 1939 - 1956, producing approximately 270,000 ounces of gold
at an average grade of 7.5g/t Au.
    Since June 2006, the Company has drill-tested eleven targets, nine of
which are hosted by the Saza Shear Zone. All eleven targets have intersected
bedrock-hosted gold mineralisation, the most advanced being the Kenge Target,
which has returned up to 22.0m grading 6.9g/t gold in the Main Zone (Company
press release dated May 23, 2007). The thickest mineralised intercept at Kenge
is from the Mbenge Zone (48.7m @ 2.1g/t Au - Company press release dated
September 8, 2008). The thickest mineralised intercept to date at the SMP was
drilled at the Porcupine target (52.2m grading 3.3g/t Au - Company press
release dated July 21, 2008). A plan map of the project area, showing the
respective locations of all of the targets generated to date can be found on
the company's website www.helioresource.com. The Company is awaiting further
drill results from the Porcupine Target (10 drill holes), the Kenge Target (34
drill holes) and the Konokono Target (5 drill holes). All three of these
targets are highlighted on the attached map.
    Recently, the Company announced excellent metallurgical results from the
SMP project, where recoveries of up to 96% were achieved by conventional
processes at the Kenge target (Company press release August 11, 2008).
    Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio's COO and a Qualified Person as
designated by NI 43-101, supervises the exploration at the SMP project,
including the sampling and quality assurance / quality control programmes, and
has reviewed the contents of this news release. Unless otherwise stated all
drill holes were oriented at -48 degrees or -60 degrees and were drilled
perpendicular towards the main structural trend. Intercepts are reported as
drilled widths, and estimated true widths vary from 65-98%+ of drilled width.
Core was halved with a rock saw and sample lengths between 0.3m and 2.0m
within the mineralised zone were submitted to the lab (with the duplicate half
being retained). QA/QC includes the use of blanks and standards (ave. 1 every
15 samples) and duplicates (ave. 1 every 24 samples). Samples were assayed at
the SGS Laboratory in Mwanza, Tanzania by 50g gold fire assay. As well as the
Company's internal QA/QC programme, SGS also applied their own internal QA/QC
programme, consisting of insertion of standards and duplicates. Unless
otherwise stated weighted average intercepts are calculated between the
uppermost and lowermost samples within the main mineralised zone using a
0.5g/t cut-off and may include some internal waste.
    Helio's main focus is the development of the SMP Gold Project in
Tanzania. As part of its strategic approach to project development, Helio has
optioned 9 of its Namibian licences to Desert Minerals (UK) Ltd. and continues
to pursue joint venture partners for its other projects in Namibia.


        "Richard D. Williams"                      "Chris MacKenzie"
      Richard D. Williams, P.Geo           Christopher J. MacKenzie, C.Geol.
                CEO                                      COO

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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For further information:

For further information: Richard Williams or Irene Dorsman at (604)
638-8007 or by e-mail to richard@helioresource.com or irene@helioresource.com

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