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Bluelake Mineral announces updated mineral resource estimate for the Joma copper and zinc project in Norway

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 has previously on July 29, 2021, presented a preliminary Mineral Resource Statement for Joma.  SRK now has completed an updated Mineral Resource estimate for Joma based on revised metal prices for copper and zinc and also including the so called Joma South deposit which had not formed part of the original estimate. The updated MRE amounts to Indicated Mineral Resources of some 6.0 Mt with a mean Cu and Zn grade of 1.00% and 1.66% respectively and Inferred Mineral Resources of some 1.2 Mt with a mean Cu and Zn grade of 1.2% and 0.7% respectively.  The NSR (Net Smelter Return) value for the Indicated Mineral Resource is estimated to 95.95 USD/t and 97.0 USD/t for the Inferred Mineral Resource.

The Joma project is an historic producer (1972 to 1998) of copper and zinc with approximately 11 million tonnes of processed ore from a volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit. The Company is now advancing the Joma project together with the Stekkenjokk-Levi project in Sweden, which is 75 km away by paved road. The Company has commissioned SRK to complete MREs at both deposits to be followed by a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA").  The Company believes the close proximity of the two projects can provide development synergies.

SRK now has completed an updated Mineral Resource Statement for the Joma Project.  The MRE is reported and classified in accordance with the CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (May 2014) and NI43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (May 2016).  The Mineral Resources have an effective date of 9 December 2021 and have been depleted to reflect the current understanding of the mining completed up to the date of the mine closure (1998).  Mineral Resources are reported as in situ and undiluted. The Mineral Resources are reported within mineable stope optimiser shapes, generated using a net smelter return of 50 USD/t, with a minimum stope shape of 10mX x 10mY x 3mZ using a Cu and Zn price of 9,100 and 2,800 USD/t respectively and include royalty reductions.  The Mineral Resources are summarized in Table 1 below:

Project

Classification

Tonnes (Mt)

Cu %

Zn %

NSR ($/t)

Cu tonnes (Kt)

Zn tonnes (Kt)

Joma

Measured

-

-

-

-

-

-

Indicated

6,0

1,00

1,66

95,95

60,0

99,6

Inferred

0,3

0,9

1,4

81,3

3

4

Joma South

Measured

-

-

-

-

-

-

Indicated

-

-

-

-

-

-

Inferred

0,9

1,3

0,5

102,2

12

5

Total indicated mineral resource

6,0

1,00

1,66

95,95

60,0

99,6

Total inferred mineral resource

1,2

1,2

0,7

97,0

15

9

Table 1: SRK Mineral Resource Statement for the Joma Project, Norway, 9 December 2021

The updated Mineral Resource Statement for the Joma project in Table 1 is taken from the memorandum entitled "Revised Mineral Resource Statement for the Joma VMS Project, Norway" dated December 9, 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 Joma project and should be read together with this press release.

Mineral Resources are not Ore Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. A Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") may include Inferred Mineral Resources. Inferred Mineral Resources are considered too speculative, geologically, to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as Mineral Reserves and there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability

Qualified Persons:  The December 2021 Mineral Resource Statement for the Joma Project was produced by a team of independent consultants from SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd. Dr Lucy Roberts, who is the Qualified Person for the declaration of the Mineral Resources, 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, December 2021
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ)
The Board of Directors

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This information is inside information which Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) is required to publish in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted, for publication on December 9, 2021 at 19.00 CET, by the contact person below.

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Peter Hjorth, CEO, Bluelake Mineral AB (publ), phone +46-725 38 25 25
Email: [email protected] 

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 (November 2021) Mineral Resource estimate by SRK Consulting, contains 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 1.0 % Cu, 1.5 % Zn, 0.1 % Pb, 22 Ag g/t and 0.2 g/t Au for Levi (at a NSR cut-off of 60 USD/t). 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.

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.

2022-07-28

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("the Company" or "Bluelake Mineral"), has via its Swedish subsidiary Nickel Mountain AB ("Nickel Mountain") from the Swedish Mining Inspectorate obtained extension with one year for each of the exploration permits named Kattisavan nr 4 (gold) and Orrbäcken nr 4 (nickel).

2022-07-22

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" or the "Company") announced on 15 July 2022 that the Company had entered into a final agreement regarding the sale of all shares in the Company's subsidiary Palmex Mining Oy to Mahvie Minerals AB ("Mahvie Minerals") (the "Sale") and the subscription of shares in Mahvie Minerals (the "Investment"). Bluelake has today completed the Sale and the Investment.

2022-07-15
Regulatory

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" or the "Company") announced on 20 June 2022 that the Company had entered into a letter of intent regarding the sale of all shares in the Company's subsidiary Palmex Mining Oy to Mahvie Minerals AB ("Mahvie Minerals") (the "Sale"). Bluelake has today entered into a binding agreement with Mahvie Minerals regarding the Sale. Bluelake Mineral has further raised loans of SEK 8 million (the "Loan") from private investors. The purpose of the Loan is partly to, as part of the Company's subscription for shares in Mahvie Minerals, finance Mahvie Minerals, and partly to strengthen the Company's cash position.

2022-06-20
Regulatory

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" or the "Company") has today entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Mahvie Minerals AB ("Mahvie Minerals") and the majority shareholders in Mahvie Minerals regarding the sale of all shares in the Company's subsidiary Palmex Mining Oy to Mahvie Minerals (the "Sale"). Bluelake Mineral will in the Sale receive a consideration of SEK 14,800,000 in the form of a promissory note, which shall be used to subscribe for new shares in Mahvie Minerals by way of set-off (the "Set-off Issue"). Furthermore, Bluelake Mineral shall invest additional SEK 4,000,000 in cash in Mahvie Minerals in a directed issue of shares (the "Cash Issue", and together with the Sale and the Set-off Issue, the "Transactions"). Following completion of the Transactions, Bluelake Mineral will own 50.1% of the shares in Mahvie Minerals, and the intention is to distribute the shares in Mahvie Minerals to the shareholders in Bluelake Mineral through a so-called Lex Asea dividend, in connection with which the shares in Mahvie Minerals are also intended to be listed on a multilateral trading facility (the "Listing").

2022-06-02
Regulatory

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") has, via its subsidiary Vilhelmina Mineral AB, been granted a Natura 2000 permit for mining operations on 2 June 2022. The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten has granted Vilhelmina Mineral AB a permit in accordance with Chapter 7 Section 28a of the Environmental Code for mining activities in connection with and within the Natura 2000 area Vardo, Laster and Fjällfjällen (SE0810394) in Vilhelmina municipality. According to the County Administrative Board the environmental impact assessment meets the requirements in chapter 6 of the Environmental Code. This permit is valid for 30 (thirty) years from the date of the decision and further advances the permitting process for the Company's Stekenjokk-Levi copper-zinc project.

2022-05-12
Regulatory

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.

2022-05-05
Regulatory

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.

2022-04-08
Regulatory

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").

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