Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" and "the Company"), has as previously announced, via its Norwegian subsidiary Joma Gruver AS entered into an agreement with SRK Consulting AB ("SRK") to conduct Mineral Resource Estimates ("MRE") for mineralization at Joma (Norway) and Stekenjokk-Levi (Sweden). SRK now has completed the MRE for Stekenjokk-Levi stating inferred mineral resources of 6.7 million tonnes with 0.9 % Cu, 2.7 % Zn, 0.6 % Pb, 55 Ag g/t and 0.2 g/t Au for Stekenjokk and inferred mineral resources of 5.1 million tonnes with 1 % Cu, 1.5 % Zn, 0.1 % Pb, 22 Ag g/t and 0.2 g/t Au for Levi. The Net Smelter Return ("NSR") value for the inferred mineral resources is estimated to 128 USD per tonne for Stekenjokk and 105 USD per tonne for Levi.
The Stekenjokk-Levi project is an historic producer (1976 to 1988) of copper and zinc with approximately 7 million tonnes of previously processed ore from a volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit. The Company is advancing the Stekenjokk-Levi project together with the Joma project in Norway. SRK Consulting has been commissioned to complete a MRE at both deposits to be followed by a Preliminary Economic Assessment. The Company believes the close proximity of the two projects can provide development synergies.
SRK has now completed the MRE for the Stekenjokk-Levi project, including contained Cu, Zn, Pb, Ag and Au, in conformance with the CIM Mineral Resource and Reserve Guidelines (2019) referred to in NI 43-101 (2016). The MRE for Stekenjokk-Levi has been complied as of November 23, 2021 with a cutoff grade of 60 USD/ tonne of ore Net Smelter Return which is based on the current understanding of mining and is limited to the resources according to what is assumed to be possible to mine and is summarized below in Table 1:
Table 1: SRK's Mineral Resource Statement for the Stekenjokk-Levi Project, Sweden, as of 23 November 2021
|(Mt)||Cu%||Zn%||Pb%||Ag g/t||Au g/t||(USD/t)||Cu (kt)||Zn (kt)||Pb (kt)||Ag (kt)||Au (kt)|
NSR = Net Smelter Return
CM: Contained Metal
The MRE for the Stekenjokk-Levi project in Table 1 is from the "Mineral Resource Statement for the Stekenjokk VMS Project, Sweden" dated November 23, 2021, which the Company received from SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd and is attached to this press release. This document from SRK includes important technical notes and descriptions of the MRE for the Stekenjokk-Levi project and should be read together with this press release.
Competent Persons: The MRE for the Stekenjokk-Levi Project was written by a team of independent consultants from SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd which issued the "Mineral Resource Statement for the Stekenjokk VMS Project, Sweden" to the Company dated November 23, 2021. Dr Lucy Roberts, who is a full-time employee of SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd, has reviewed the content of this press release. Dr Roberts is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and has Chartered Professional status (MAusIMM (CP)).
Stockholm, November 2021
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ)
The Board of Directors
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General information about the Company
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) is an independent Swedish company active in exploration and mine development of copper, zinc, nickel and gold resources.
The Company owns approximately 99% of the subsidiary Vilhelmina Mineral AB, which is focusing on development of copper and zinc deposits in the Nordic region. In Sweden, the Company owns Stekenjokk-Levi project, where a total of approximately 7 million tonnes of ore were mined between 1976 and 1988 with an average grade 1.5% Cu and 3.5% Zn. Stekenjokk-Levi is, according to a recent mineral estimate by SRK Consulting, containing inferred mineral resources of approximately 6.7 million tonnes with 0.9 % Cu, 2.7 % Zn, 0.6 % Pb, 55 Ag g/t and 0.2 g/t Au for Stekenjokk and inferred mineral resources of 5.1 million tonnes with 1 % Cu, 1.5 % Zn, 0.1 % Pb, 22 Ag g/t and 0.2 g/t Au for Levi (at cut-off of 60 USD/tonne). In Norway, the Company is owner in the Joma field, where approximately 11.5 million tonnes of ore were processed between 1972 and 1998 with an average grade of 1.5% Cu and 1.5% Zn. The Joma field (excluding Gjersvik) is, according to a recent mineral estimate by SRK Consulting, containing indicated mineral resources of approximately 5.6 million tonnes with grades amounting to 1.04 % Cu and 1.67 % Zn and inferred resources of 0.3 million tonnes with grades 0.9 % Cu and 1.3 % Zn (at cut-off of 50 USD/tonne).
In addition, the Company owns the nickel projects Rönnbäcken (which is Europe's largest known undeveloped nickel resource) and Orrbäcken in Sweden. According to the mining consulting company SRK, the Rönnbäcken project contains a mineral resource of 668 million tonnes with an average grade of 0.176% nickel ("measured and indicated"). The preliminary economic assessment that SRK completed predicts a production of 26,000 tonnes of high-grade nickel concentrate per year for 20 years, which would be a significant proportion of Sweden's total annual use of nickel which thereby has a strategic value. Orrbäcken is an exploration license that is considered to have potential as a nickel deposit.
The Company owns the gold project Haveri, through its subsidiary Palmex Mining Oy, which in 2014 carried out a so-called Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) prepared by SRK Consulting. This report estimates 1.56 million oz. historically inferred mineral resource of gold equivalents with a grade of 0.93 g/t gold.) Kattisavan is mainly considered to have potential as a gold resource and is located within the so-called gold line, close to projects such as Svartliden, Fäboliden and Barsele.
The shareholders of Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake" or the "Company") have held an Annual General Meeting on May 12, 2022 (the "AGM") whereby the following main decisions were made.
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") is pleased to announce the results of a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") for its 100% owned copper and zinc project which comprises the Stekenjokk-Levi deposit, located in Sweden, and the Joma deposit, located in Norway (the "Project"). The PEA considers a target 750 kilo tons per annum ("ktpa") mining operation over a mine life of 17 years. The Company believes the Project has the potential to supply copper and zinc to the growing renewable energy economy of northern Europe.
The Board of Directors of Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" or "the Company") has today, with the support of an authorization from the Annual General Meeting held May 26, 2021, decided on a new share issue directed to a group of private investors (the "Investors") of a maximum of 1,396,647 shares at a subscription price of SEK 3.58 per share and at a total value of approximately MSEK 5 (the "Share Issue").
The shareholders of Bluelake Mineral AB (publ), company registration no 556493-3199 (the "Company"), are hereby invited to participate in the Annual General Meeting ("AGM") to be held May 12, 2022 at 10 am at Brahegatan 29, 114 37 Stockholm, Sweden.
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" or the "Company") has, as previously announced in the spring of 2021, initiated a review of strategic alternatives for its subsidiary Nickel Mountain AB ("Nickel Mountain"), which owns the Swedish nickel and the cobalt project in Storuman municipality, Västerbotten county (the "Rönnbäcken Project" or "Rönnbäcken") to maximize its future potential. Rönnbäcken is one of the largest, unexploited nickel deposits in Europe with the potential to be a strategic resource for both the European battery and steel industry. In a first step, as announced on 23 February 2022, a preliminary economic assessment ("Preliminary Economic Assessment" or "PEA") was carried out by the consulting company SRK Consulting ("SRK") which shows significant financial and strategic values in the Rönnbäcken Project and which supports further financing of the application for an environmental permit. As a basis for the application for a permit, a preliminary study ("Preliminary Feasibility Study" or "PFS") and an environmental impact assessment ("EIA") has to be carried out. According to a preliminary estimate, funding of approximately SEK 100 million is required for these studies. The Company believes that this financing can arranged directly in the subsidiary Nickel Mountain without issuing of new shares in Bluelake Mineral.
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") is pleased to announce the results of a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") for its 100%-owned Rönnbäcken Project ("Rönnbäcken" or the "Project") in northern Sweden. The PEA incorporates an updated Mineral Resource statement and an economic assessment for a 30 Mtpa mining operation over a mine life of 20 years producing nickel, cobalt and iron.
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" or the "Company") has raised a loan of SEK 5 million (the "Loan") from private investors. The purpose of the Loan is partly to finance the Company's and its subsidiaries' continued project developments, and partly to strengthen the Company's cash position.
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") has through its wholly owned subsidiary Vilhelmina Mineral AB ("Vilhelmina Mineral") increased its ownership in its Norwegian subsidiary Joma Gruver AS ("Joma Gruver") from 75% to 100 %. Increased ownership has taken place partly by subscription for shares with the support of previously issued warrants and by acquiring shares from the regional development company Joma Næringspark AS ("Joma Næringspark"), which until now has been a shareholder in Joma Gruver together with Vilhelmina Mineral. Subscription and acquisition of shares in Joma Gruver as described above has had no effect on Bluelake Mineral Group's cash as Vilhelmina Mineral has claims on Joma Gruver which, after repayment, were used in the acquisition and subscription of shares in Joma Gruver.