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RobertJames   Thursday, 05/31/12 11:56:44 AM
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Stornoway Announces Establishment of Head Office in Montreal



VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) -Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX:SWY) is pleased to announce the relocation of its head office to Montréal, Québec from North Vancouver, British Columbia, effective immediately. The relocation reflects Stornoway's focus on the successful development of the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project, which is on track to becoming Québec's first diamond mine.

Matt Manson, President and CEO, commented: "Today's announcement represents another step in Stornoway's continuing evolution. Renard is a major undeveloped diamond asset with a significant potential mine life. As we work to develop it, our center of gravity on an operational, administrative, corporate and financial basis is moving eastwards. It now makes sense to consolidate our head office and operating functions in one location. Initially, we expect minimal relocation of staff associated with this announcement. Our exploration team will continue to operate out of North Vancouver, with a mandate to explore all of Canada. However, Montreal will become our platform for expansion as we build our mining team and corporate support staff. We are proud to be able to contribute to the long-established reputation of Montreal as a head office center for the Canadian mining industry."

Stornoway was continued under the Canada Business Corporations Act in October 2011, and will remain incorporated as a federal entity.

About the Renard Diamond Project

The Renard Diamond Project is located approximately 250 km north of the Cree community of Mistissini and 350 km north of Chibougamau in the James Bay region of North-Central Québec. In November 2011, Stornoway released the results of a Feasibility Study for Renard that highlighted the potential of the project to become a significant producer of high value rough diamonds over a long mine life. NI 43-101 compliant Probable Mineral Reserves stand at 18.0 million carats, with a further 17.5 million carats classified as Inferred Mineral Resources, and 23.5 to 48.5 million carats classified as non-resource exploration upside. All kimberlites remain open at depth. Pre-production capital cost stands at C$802 million, with a life of mine operating cost of C$54.71/tonne giving a 68% operating margin over an initial 11 year mine life. Production start-up is scheduled for 2015. Readers are referred to the technical report dated December 29, 2011 in respect of the Renard Diamond Project for further details and assumptions relating to the project.

About Stornoway Diamond Corporation

Stornoway is a leading Canadian diamond exploration and development company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. Our flagship asset is the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project, on track to becoming Québec's first diamond mine. Stornoway also maintains an active diamond exploration program with both advanced and grassroots programs in the most prospective regions of Canada. Stornoway is a growth oriented company with a world class asset, in one of the world's best mining jurisdictions, in one of the world's great mining businesses.

On behalf of the Board

STORNOWAY DIAMOND CORPORATION

Matt Manson, President and Chief Executive Officer


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