Bluelake Mineral's subsidiary Joma Gruver presents zoning plan related to re-start of Joma copper and zinc mine in Norway

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" and "the Company") will via its Norwegian subsidiary Joma Gruver AS ("Joma Gruver") participate in a meeting on August 18, 2021 with Røyrvik municipality in Trøndelag to present a zoning plan in relation to plans for restart of the copper and zinc mine in Joma. At the meeting, Joma Gruver will report regarding planned mining operations and the expected social, economic and environmental impact. The zoning plan and approximately 20 impact assessment studies for various areas (which have been published previously) will form the basis for the municipality's decision during the autumn concerning the zoning plan, which is an important step in the Norwegian permit process. Joma Gruver is of the opinion that a restart of the mine can have far-reaching positive consequences in several areas. Through an estimated investment of more than NOK 500 million, the mine will create many direct and indirect jobs and could function as a growth engine both locally and regionally. The number of inhabitants in the municipality is estimated to increase by approximately 25 % and create increased financial resources for further growth. The mine will be established and operated according to strict principles of sustainability with the least possible impact on the local environment and other sensitive and valuable interests such as nature, hunting, fishing and reindeer husbandry. As copper and zinc can be produced locally instead of being imported from other continents, the Joma mine would also contribute to the global environment through, among other things, lower carbon dioxide emissions.

In Joma, mining operations were conducted between 1972 and 1998 when extraction of approximately 11 million tonnes of ore containing copper and zinc took place. The Company is now in parallel developing the Joma and Stekkenjokk-Levi projects in Sweden (which are located about 60 km northeast of Joma). SRK Consulting has recently conducted an updated mineral resource estimate for Joma and concluded that there are indicated mineral resources of 5.6 million tonnes with grades of 1.04% Cu and 1.67% Zn and inferred mineral resources of 0.3 million tonnes with grades of 0.9% Cu and 1.3% Zn. In total, the Company has indicated mineral resources in Sweden and Norway of approximately 15 million tonnes holding copper and zinc, which could constitute sufficient resources for mining operations with a life span of approximately 20 years. With current market prices, the mining operations would be highly profitable, but according to preliminary calculations operations could maintain profitability even with copper and zinc prices reduced in half. As the Company's project is industrially and financially sound, the prerequisites for financing start-up of the mine are considered as very favourable after all required permits for mining have been obtained.

Socially and economically, the mine could create significant value both locally and regionally. In total, an estimated 165 jobs would be generated in the mining operations directly, of which two thirds or about 115 jobs locally in Røyrvik municipality and the remaining jobs seasonally in Swedish Stekenjokk-Levi. In the region, the mine could lead to many more indirect jobs for subcontractors and in the service sector through a so-called multiplier effect, which in similar projects has often shown that 2-3 times additional jobs can be created indirectly. In Røyrvik municipality, the number of new inhabitants via migration is estimated to increase by about 25% or 130 people. In this way, the long-term negative trend with a reduced number of inhabitants could be reversed.

Environmentally, the Joma mine could make positive contributions at several levels. In a global perspective, the mine could supply critical minerals in the green transition and electrification process that is taking place in the transport sector, industry and society as a whole. Electric vehicles, for example, require between three and four times more copper than fossil fuel-powered vehicles, and zinc is an important input in modern battery technology. With regional production of copper and zinc for the European battery and steel industry, the Joma mine could contribute to global environment via lower carbon dioxide emissions relative to imports from other continents. In a local perspective, the re-establishment of mining operations means that financial resources would be created which could be used to take care of environmental liabilities from historic mining operations that ended 20 years ago. Upgrading and remediation of the industrial area, where the mining operations will be conducted, is a natural part of the project to restart the mine.

For Joma Gruver it is of great importance that mining operations are conducted in a long-term sustainable mode and operational plans entail use of environmentally leading-edge equipment and technology. Tailings will be stored in excavated tunnels remaining from pervious mining and the impact on land and water will therefore be minimal in this respect. Dewatering of the mine will be conducted using thorough rinsing and water used in production will be purified and reused in a closed-loop system. Vehicles and machines should predominantly be electrically powered. Energy will be supplied via locally produced green electricity via hydropower. In its sustainability plan, Joma Gruver strives for co-existence and a constructive dialogue with other important interests and stakeholders in the area which, among other things, include mountain terrain, reindeer herding, hunting, fishing and tourism.

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Stockholm, August 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 the development of copper and zinc deposits in the Nordic region. In Sweden, the Company owns Stekenjokk, where a total of approximately 7 million tons of ore was mined between 1976 and 1988. According to previous resource estimates, there is a remaining indicated mineral resource of approximately 7.4 million tons with grades of 1.17% Cu, 3.01% Zn and 47 g/ton Ag (at cut-off grade of 0.9% Cu). In Norway, the Company is owner in the Joma field, where approximately 11.5 million tons of ore was 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 tons with grades amounting to 1.04 % Cu and 1.67 % Zn and inferred resources of 0.3 million tons with grades 0.9 % Cu and 1.3 % Zn (at cut-off of 50 USD/ton).

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 tons with an average grade of 0.176% nickel ("measured and indicated"). The preliminary economic assessment that SRK completed predicts a production of 26,000 tons 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.

Bluelake Mineral genomför en livscykelanalys av miljöeffekter från nickelprojektet Rönnbäcken

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" och "Bolaget") har som tidigare meddelats, via sitt svenska dotterbolag Nickel Mountain AB, ingått avtal med SRK Consulting AB ("SRK Consulting") avseende genomförande av en lönsamhetsstudie ("Preliminary Economic Study" och "PEA") rörande Bolagets nickelprojekt Rönnbäcken ("Rönnbäckenprojektet"). Som en kompletterande analys till PEA har Nickel Mountain nu anlitat konsultbolaget Minviro Ltd ("Minviro") för att genomföra en s k livscykelanalys ("Life Cycle Assessment" eller "LCA") inklusive analys av koldioxidavtryck och annan miljöpåverkan från Rönnbäckenprojektet.


Bluelake Mineral has initiated a life cycle assessment of the Rönnbäcken nickel project in Sweden

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" and "the Company"), has as previously announced, via its Swedish subsidiary Nickel Mountain AB ("Nickel Mountain") entered into an agreement with SRK Consulting AB ("SRK Consulting") to conduct a preliminary economic assessment ("PEA") of the Rönnbäcken nickel project in Sweden. As a supplementary analysis to the PEA, Nickel Mountain has now appointed consultant Minviro Ltd ("Minviro") to conduct a so called life cycle assessment ("LCA") including analysis of CO2 footprint and other environmental impact from the Rönnbäcken project.


Publicering av kompletterande utredningar i samband med ansökan om sakbehandling av reguleringsplan för Jomagruvan

Som tidigare meddelats har Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bolaget" eller "Bluelake") och dess norska dotterbolag Joma Gruver AS fortsatt arbetet med tillståndsprocessen i Norge och anlitat teknik- och miljökonsulten Multiconsult Norge AS för genomförande av s k planprocess, konsekvensutredning och reguleringsplan. Arbetet fortlöper enligt plan med att förankra gruvprojektet med myndigheter och lokala och regionala intressenter. Bolaget publicerar härmed ett 10-tal dokument som utgör komplettering av ansökan om sakbehandling av reguleringsplan hos Røyrvik kommun där Jomagruvan ligger. Efter att denna inlämning är genomförd anser Bolaget att ett komplett underlag har inlämnats och att Røyrvik kommun därmed bör kunna igångsätta en offentlig remissrunda i ärendet.


Bluelake Mineral genomför riktad nyemission

Styrelsen i Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" eller "Bolaget") har idag, med stöd av bemyndigande från årsstämman 26 maj 2021, beslutat om en till en grupp privata investerare ("Investerarna") riktad nyemission av högst 3 305 784 aktier till en teckningskurs om 1,21 kronor per aktie, det vill säga till ett sammanlagt värde om 4 MSEK ("Nyemissionen").


Bluelake Mineral conducts a directed share issue

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 towards a group of private investors (the "Investors") of a maximum of 3,305,784 shares at a subscription price of SEK 1.21 per share at a total value of MSEK 4 (the "Share Issue").


Bluelake Mineral genomför biotopkartering och våtmarksinventering i samband med komplettering av Natura 2000-utredning

Som tidigare meddelats har Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" eller "Bolaget") via sitt svenska dotterbolag Vilhelmina Mineral AB ("Vilhelmina Mineral") ansökt om bearbetningskoncession inom undersökningstillstånden Levi K nr 1 och Stekenjokk K nr 1 i Vilhelmina kommun. Länsstyrelsen i Jämtland har i sitt yttrande till Bergsstaten tidigare tillstyrkt att bearbetningskoncession för Stekenjokk K nr 1 ska beviljas. Länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten har under pågående prövning av koncessionsansökan dock som tidigare meddelats angett att en prövning enligt Natura 2000 behövs för bägge de ansökta bearbetningskoncessionerna innan en slutlig bedömning kan ske. Vilhelmina Mineral lämnade därför den 3 maj 2021 in en separat ansökan om Natura 2000-tillstånd enligt miljöbalken. Därefter har som tidigare meddelats Länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten framfört att en komplettering av ansökan behöver ske vad avser bl a påverkan på omkringliggande vattensystem. Bolaget har därför beslutat att anlita konsultbolaget Pelagia Nature & Environment ("Pelagia") för att genomföra biotopkartering och våtmarksinventering vid Stekenjokk och övre Saxån under hösten 2021.


Bluelake Mineral conducts biotope mapping and inventory of wetlands in connection with application for Natura 2000 permit

As previously announced, Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" or "the Company"), has via its Swedish subsidiary Vilhelmina Mineral AB (publ) ("Vilhelmina Mineral") applied for an exploitation concession within the exploration permits Levi K no. 1 and Stekenjokk K no. 1 in Vilhelmina municipality. In its statement to the Swedish Mining Directorate, the County Administrative Board of Jämtland has previously recommended that an exploitation concession for Stekenjokk K no. 1 should be granted. However, during the ongoing examination of the exploitation concession application, the County Administrative Board of Västerbotten has declared that an examination according to Natura 2000 is required for both of the applied exploitation concessions before a final assessment can be made. Therefore, Vilhelmina Mineral submitted a separate application for a Natura 2000 permit on May 3, 2021, in accordance with the Environmental Act to the County Administrative Board of Västerbotten. Subsequently, as previously announced, the County Administrative Board of Västerbotten has decided that a supplement to the application is required regarding, among other things, the impact on the surrounding water systems. The Company therefore has appointed the consulting company Pelagia Nature & Environment ("Pelagia") to carry out biotope mapping and wetland inventory at Stekenjokk and the upper Saxån river during the autumn of 2021.


Bluelake Mineral offentliggör delårsrapport för andra kvartalet 2021

Andra kvartalet 2021 (april - juni)

  • Intäkterna för andra kvartalet uppgick till 0,7 (0,01) mkr
  • Prospekterings- och utvärderingskostnader för andra kvartalet uppgick till -1,7 (-0,01) mkr
  • Resultatet efter skatt för andra kvartalet uppgick till -6,4 (-176,7) mkr
  • Resultatet per aktie för andra kvartalet uppgick till -0,14 (-0,34) kr

Första halvåret 2021 (januari - juni)

  • Intäkterna för första halvåret uppgick till 0,7 (0,02) mkr
  • Prospekterings- och utvärderingskostnader för första halvåret uppgick till -3,2 (-0,04) mkr
  • Resultatet efter skatt för första halvåret uppgick till -9,5 (-178,2) mkr
  • Resultatet per aktie för första halvåret uppgick till -0,02 (-0,37) kr

Bluelake Minerals dotterbolag Joma Gruver offentliggör presentation för kommunstyrelsen i Røyrvik rörande återstart av Jomagruvan

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" och "Bolaget") har via sitt norska dotterbolag Joma Gruver AS ("Joma Gruver") i möte den 18 augusti med kommunstyrelsen i Røyrvik kommun i Trøndelag presenterat ett s k planförslag för återstart av koppar- och zinkgruvan Joma. Joma Gruver redogjorde i mötet tillsammans med konsultbolaget Multiconsult bl a för den planerade gruvverksamheten och de förväntade sociala, ekonomiska och miljömässiga konsekvenserna. Bolagets presentation bifogas till detta pressmeddelande.


Bluelake Minerals dotterbolag Joma Gruver presenterar planförslag avseende planerad återstart av koppar- och zinkgruvan Joma i Norge

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" och "Bolaget") deltar via sitt norska dotterbolag Joma Gruver AS ("Joma Gruver") i ett möte den 18 augusti med Røyrvik kommun i Trøndelag för att presentera ett s k planförslag för återstart av koppar- och zinkgruvan Joma. Joma Gruver kommer redogöra för den planerade gruvverksamheten och de förväntade sociala, ekonomiska och miljömässiga konsekvenserna. Planförslaget och ett 20-tal konsekvensutredningar (som tidigare publicerats) kommer att ligga till grund för kommunens beslut under hösten rörande en s k reguleringsplan som är ett viktigt steg i den norska tillståndsprocessen. Joma Gruver bedömer att återstart av gruvan kan få långtgående positiva konsekvenser på flera områden. Genom en uppskattad investering på över 500 MNOK beräknas gruvan kunna skapa många direkta och indirekta arbetstillfällen och fungera som en tillväxtmotor lokalt och regionalt. Antalet invånare i kommunen uppskattas öka med ca 25% och skapa ökade ekonomiska resurser för vidare tillväxt. Gruvan kommer att etableras och drivas efter strikta principer för hållbarhet med minsta möjliga inverkan på lokal miljö och andra skyddsvärda intressen som natur, jakt, fiske och rennäring. Genom att koppar och zink kan produceras regionalt istället för att importeras från andra kontinenter kan Jomagruvan också bidra till den globala miljön via bland annat lägre koldioxidutsläpp.


Bluelake Mineral's subsidiary Joma Gruver presents zoning plan related to re-start of Joma copper and zinc mine in Norway

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" and "the Company") will via its Norwegian subsidiary Joma Gruver AS ("Joma Gruver") participate in a meeting on August 18, 2021 with Røyrvik municipality in Trøndelag to present a zoning plan in relation to plans for restart of the copper and zinc mine in Joma. At the meeting, Joma Gruver will report regarding planned mining operations and the expected social, economic and environmental impact. The zoning plan and approximately 20 impact assessment studies for various areas (which have been published previously) will form the basis for the municipality's decision during the autumn concerning the zoning plan, which is an important step in the Norwegian permit process. Joma Gruver is of the opinion that a restart of the mine can have far-reaching positive consequences in several areas. Through an estimated investment of more than NOK 500 million, the mine will create many direct and indirect jobs and could function as a growth engine both locally and regionally. The number of inhabitants in the municipality is estimated to increase by approximately 25 % and create increased financial resources for further growth. The mine will be established and operated according to strict principles of sustainability with the least possible impact on the local environment and other sensitive and valuable interests such as nature, hunting, fishing and reindeer husbandry. As copper and zinc can be produced locally instead of being imported from other continents, the Joma mine would also contribute to the global environment through, among other things, lower carbon dioxide emissions.


Bluelake Mineral deltar i investerarpresentation hos ProHearings den 26 augusti 2021

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" eller "Bolaget") deltar den 26 augusti 2021 hos ProHearings och ger en investerarpresentation och svarar på frågor. Bolagets presentation börjar ca kl. 8.10.


Bluelake Mineral anlitar SRK Consulting för genomförande av lönsamhetsstudie rörande nickelprojektet Rönnbäcken

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" och "Bolaget") har, via sitt svenska dotterbolag Nickel Mountain AB, ingått avtal ("Avtalet") med SRK Consulting AB ("SRK Consulting") avseende genomförande av en lönsamhetsstudie ("Preliminary Economic Study" och "PEA") rörande Bolagets nickelprojekt Rönnbäcken ("Rönnbäckenprojektet").


Bluelake Mineral has appointed SRK Consulting to conduct a Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Rönnbäcken nickel project in Sweden

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" and "the Company"), has via its Swedish subsidiary Nickel Mountain AB entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") with SRK Consulting AB ("SRK Consulting") to conduct a preliminary economic assessment ("PEA") of the Rönnbäcken nickel project in Sweden.


Bluelake Mineral upptar lån om 5 MSEK för finansiering av lönsamhetsstudie rörande Rönnbäcken och för att stärka likviditet

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" eller "Bolaget") har avtalat om att uppta ett lån om 5 MSEK ("Lånet") från privata investerare. Syftet med Lånet är dels att finansiera genomförande av en lönsamhetsstudie (Preliminary Economic Study) rörande Bolagets nickelprojekt Rönnbäcken ("Rönnbäckenprojektet"), dels att stärka Bolagets likviditet. Genom att genomföra en lönsamhetsstudie för Rönnbäckenprojektet bedöms möjligheterna väsentligt förbättras att ordna långsiktig finansiering för Rönnbäckenprojektet.


Bluelake Mineral raises 5 MSEK via loan for financing of a Preliminary Economic Assessment for nickel project Rönnbäcken and to strengthen cash position

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" and "the Company"), has via its Swedish subsidiary Nickel Mountain AB entered into an agreement regarding loans amounting to 5 MSEK (the "Agreement") with private investors. The objective with the loan is to finance a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") regarding the nickel project Rönnbäcken in Sweden and to strengthen the Company's cash position. By conducting a PEA, the Company believes that the prerequisites for raising long term financing for the project are significantly improved.


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