Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") has as previously announced, via its subsidiary Vilhelmina Mineral AB, been granted a Natura 2000 permit for mining operations on June 2, 2022. The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten 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. As previously announced, the decision has been appealed by Vilhelmina Södra Sami village, after which they later withdrew the appeal. The Land and Environmental Court at Umeå District Court has today announced that the decision to write off the case has not been appealed, which means that Vilhelmina Mineral AB's Natura 2000 permit for mining operations has gained legal effect and that the decision can no longer be appealed.
The Land and Environment Court's notice means that the decision of the County Board of Västerbotten with number 2022-06-02, dnr 521-7466-2020, for mining operations within the Natura 2000 area Vardo, Laster- and Fjällfjällen, in Vilhelmina municipality, now has gained legal force and can no longer be appealed. After this notification, the Company will contact the responsible authority for concession matters, the Swedish Mining Directorate, and ask them to request the County Administrative Board in Västerbotten to swiftly complete the processing and decision regarding the Company's application for exploitation concessions for Stekenjokk K no. 1 located in Vilhelmina municipality and Strömsund municipality in Västerbotten and Jämtland, as well as Levi K no. 1 located in Vilhelmina municipality in Västerbotten.
Stockholm, November 2022
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ)
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General information about the Company
Bluelake Mineral AB (public) 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 Resource 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 1.0 % 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 of Joma Gruver AS which holds exploitation rights for 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 6 million tonnes with grades amounting to 1.00 % Cu and 1.66 % Zn and inferred resources of 1.2 million tonnes with grades 1.2 % Cu and 0.7 % Zn (at cut-off of 50 USD/t).
In addition, the Company holds exploitation concessions for the nickel project Rönnbäcken (which is Europe's largest known undeveloped nickel resource) and an exploration permit for Orrbäcken, both which are located in Sweden. According to a recently updated mineral resource update in by the mining consulting company SRK, the Rönnbäcken project contains a mineral resource of 600 million tonnes with an average grade of 0.18% Ni, 0.003% Co and 5.7% Fe ("measured and indicated"). The updated preliminary economic assessment that SRK completed predicts a production of 23,000 tonnes of nickel, 660 tonnes of cobalt and 1.5 million tonnes of iron per year for 20 years, which would be a significant share of Sweden's total annual use of nickel which thereby has a strategic value. Orrbäcken is considered to have potential as a nickel deposit.
Further, the Company holds an exploration permit for Kattisavan which is 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 Extraordinary General Meeting on March 29, 2023 (the "EGM") whereby the following main decisions were made.
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") notes that in Brussels on Thursday, March 16, the EU presented a proposal for legislation regarding critical raw materials called the European Critical Raw Materials Act ("CRMA"). The bill on critical raw materials is being put forward by the EU to support domestic capacity and strengthen sustainability work around value chains based on critical raw materials within the EU. The objective is to enable the green transition, securing digitization, and protecting the defense and space industry in Europe. According to the proposal, increased European access to metals and minerals is required to cope with climate change and strengthen the EU's degree of self-sufficiency. In the proposal, there are demands for significantly faster permit processes, something that has been a problem in Sweden. In CRMA, 34 so-called critical raw materials are identified and of these, 16 are deemed to be of particular strategic importance. Among those of strategic importance are copper occurring in Bluelake Minerals' projects Stekenjokk-Levi and Joma, as well as nickel and cobalt occurring in the Company's project Rönnbäcken. With regard to the strategic raw materials, the EU sets several targets, for example that at least 10% of the EU's annual consumption of strategic raw materials must be mined within the EU by 2030.
The shareholders of Bluelake Mineral AB (publ), company registration no 556493-3199 (the "Company"), are hereby invited to participate in the Extraordinary General Meeting ("EGM") to be held on March 29, 2023 at 10 am at Brahegatan 29, 114 37 Stockholm, Sweden.
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Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") has, as previously announced via the subsidiary Vilhelmina Mineral AB, applied for exploitation concessions for the areas Stekenjokk K no. 1 and Levi K no. 1 in Vilhelmina and Strömsund municipalities. After the County Administrative Board in Västerbotten County granted a Natura 2000 permit for mining operations in the area, the Swedish Mining Inspectorate has resumed processing the applications for exploitation concessions. During this process, the Swedish Mining Inspectorate has drawn attention to the issue of mineral resource assessment, after which the Company now has expressed its opinion on the matter to the Swedish Mining Inspectorate.
Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) (the "Company" or "Bluelake Mineral") is, as previously announced, via its Norwegian subsidiary Joma Gruver AS, working with the permit process in Norway to implement a so-called plan program and to obtain an approved zoning plan which is a detailed plan for the industrial area for the proposed mining operations in Joma in Røyrvik municipality in Trøndelag county. The process related to the zoning plan and re-start of the Joma mine involves social and political processes with many stakeholders both locally, regionally and nationally to establish legitimacy. In order to further strengthen the organization and the network of contacts, Joma Gruver has recruited Bjarne Håkon Hanssen as strategic advisor and head of communication. Hanssen is a former minister in two Norwegian governments under Jens Stoltenberg as Prime Minister and Hanssen was, among other things, Minister of Labor and Integration and was then responsible for coordinating the government's work on various Sami issues, including regular consultations with the Sami Parliament. Hanssen takes up his new role in Joma Gruver immediately.