Publication of impact assessment reports related to water quality and aquatic environment as part of zoning plan for planned Norwegian mine

As previously announced, Nickel Mountain Resources AB (publ), under a name change to Bluelake Mineral AB (publ), ("the Company" or "Nickel Mountain") and its Norwegian subsidiary Joma Gruver AS, have continued work related to the permitting process in Norway and hired environmental consultant Multiconsult Norge AS for the implementation of the so-called planning process, including a number of impact assessment studies and a zoning plan. The Company hereby publishes the first two impact assessments reports related to the water quality and the aquatic environment in water bodies surrounding the Joma mine

The Company's copper and zinc projects have been incorporated via the Company's acquisition of Vilhelmina Mineral AB (publ) and its Norwegian subsidiary Joma Gruver AS. The main projects consist of Swedish mineralization in Stekenjokk and Levi in the county of Västerbotten and Norwegian Joma field located in the county of Trøndelag, all of which are geographically close to each other and intended to be mined and operated as one unit. For Stekenjokk and Levi, an application for an exploitation concession has been submitted to the Swedish Mining Inspectorate. For Joma, the first step in the Norwegian permitting process has been achieved via an extraction right ("utvinningsrett "). The next phase, which was started in June, entails the so-called zoning plan, which consists of two parts. One part consists of a plan description that indicates which industrial area is intended to be taken into use and regulations for this. The second part includes a number of socio-economic and environmental impact assessments. In this case, the number of sub-investigations amounts to about 15 and includes, among other things, investigations of the impact on water, land, biodiversity, Sami interests and reindeer husbandry, cultural heritage and outdoor life. The Norwegian consulting company Multiconsult, which has extensive experience and expertise in these fields, is overall responsible for the work on the zoning plan. This work is expected to continue throughout 2020 and a major part of 2021.

In a first step, two impact assessment studies related to the water quality and the aquatic environment in water bodies surrounding Joma are published. The reports contain, among other things, information about water samples which were taken during summer and autumn 2020. According to these reports, the aquatic environment in the water bodies surrounding Joma is good or very good, with the exception of water flowing into Orvatn where the conditions are characterized as moderate. As far as the water quality is concerned, according to the samples taken, it is generally good and has improved in comparison with the conditions immediately after the end of mining in 1998. In Östra Hudingsvatnet, which served as a pond for tailings during previous mining and in water in open pits located in the mountains, there are elevated levels of certain substances, specifically copper and zinc. For further information and the entire reports, see appendices: Multiconsult Fagrapport akvatisk vannmiljø and Multiconsult Status for vannkvalitet i vassdrag ved Joma Gruver.

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Stockholm December 2020
Nickel Mountain Resources AB (publ)
The Board of Directors

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:
Peter Hjorth, Managing Director, Nickel Mountain Resources AB (publ), phone +46-725 38 25 25 Email: [email protected]

General information about the Nickel Mountain Resources

Nickel Mountain Resources is an independent Swedish company active in mine development of copper and zinc resources as well as exploration of primarily nickel, gold and oil.

The company owns approximately 95% of the subsidiary Vilhelmina Mineral, 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 estimated to contain an additional indicated mineral resource of approximately 5.7 million tons with grades amounting to 1.55% Cu and 0.82% Zn (at cut-off grade 0.8% Cu).

In 2017, the company acquired the Cypriot company Mezhlisa Resources Cyprus Ltd ("Mezhlisa"). Through the Russian subsidiary OOO Bakcharneftegaz (BNG), Mezhlisa controls 71-1 exploration and production licenses in the Tomsk region of Russia. Mezhlisa is currently registered as the owner of 72.3809 percent of BNG. Mezhlisa has, based on that, access to the exploration and evaluation project that BNG acquired at a public auction in August 2010, license 71-1 "Ellej-Igajskoje" in Tomsk Oblast, Russia. The Company conducts an exploration program of oil and gas assets on licenses 71-1 which has shown significant potential.

In addition, the Company owns the nickel projects Rönnbäcken (which is Europe's largest known undeveloped nickel resource) and Orrbäcken, as well as the gold projects Haveri in Finland and Kattisavan in Sweden. According to the mining consulting company SRK, the Rönnbäcken project contains a mineral resource of approximately 574 million tons with an average grade of 0.0174% 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 Mineral AB, 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 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 riktad nyemission till en privat investerare ("Investeraren") av högst 1 145 161 aktier till en teckningskurs om 0,93 kronor per aktie, det vill säga till ett sammanlagt värde om cirka 1 065 000 SEK ("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 private investor (the "Investor") of a maximum of 1,145,161 shares at a subscription price of SEK 0.93 per share at a total value of MSEK approximately SEK 1,065,000 (the "Share Issue").


Bluelake Mineral offentliggör uppdaterad beräkning av mineraltillgång för koppar- och zinkprojektet Joma

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" och "Bolaget") har, som tidigare meddelats, via sitt norska dotterbolag Joma Gruver AS ingått avtal med SRK Consulting AB ("SRK") om att genomföra en beräkning av mineraltillgångar ("Mineral Resource Estimates" eller "MRE") i Joma (Norge) och Stekenjokk-Levi (Sverige). SRK har tidigare den 29 juli 2021 presenterat ett preliminärt mineraltillgångsutlåtande för Joma. SRK har nu slutfört en uppdaterad uppskattning av mineraltillgångar i Joma baserat på reviderade metallpriser för koppar och zink och även inklusive den så kallade sydmalmen i Joma som inte ingick i den ursprungliga uppskattningen. Den nu uppdaterade beräkningen innehåller indikerade mineraltillgångar om 6,0 miljoner ton med halter 1,00 % Cu och 1,66% Zn, samt antagna mineraltillgångar om 1,2 miljoner ton med halter 1,2 % Cu och 0,7% Zn. Net Smelter Return ("NSR") värdet uppgår för de indikerade mineraltillgångarna till 95,95 USD per ton och för de antagna mineraltillgångarna till 97,0 USD per ton.


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.



Bluelake Mineral offentliggör mineralresursberäkning för koppar- och zinkprojektet Stekenjokk-Levi

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" och "Bolaget") har, som tidigare meddelats, via sitt norska dotterbolag Joma Gruver AS ingått avtal med SRK Consulting AB ("SRK") om att genomföra uppdaterad mineralresursberäkning ("Mineral Resource Estimates" eller "MRE") av mineralisering i Joma (Norge) och Stekenjokk-Levi (Sverige). SRK har nu färdigställt en MRE för Stekenjokk-Levi som innehåller antagna mineraltillgångar om 6,7 miljoner ton med halter 0,9% Cu, 2,7% Zn, 0,6% Pb, 55 g/t Ag och 0,2 g/t Au för Stekenjokk och 5,1 miljoner ton med halter 1% Cu, 1,5% Zn, 0,1% Pb, 22 g/t Ag och 0,2 g/t Au för Levi. Net Smelter Return ("NSR") värdet uppgår för de antagna mineraltillgångarna till 128 USD per ton Stekenjokk och 105 USD per ton för Levi.


Bluelake Mineral announces mineral resource estimate for the Stekenjokk-Levi copper and zinc project in Sweden

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.


Bluelake Mineral offentliggör delårsrapport för tredje kvartalet 2021

Tredje kvartalet 2021 (juni - september)

  • Intäkterna för tredje kvartalet uppgick till 0,0 (1,2) mkr
  • Prospekterings- och utvärderingskostnader för tredje kvartalet uppgick till -1,0 (-2,2) mkr
  • Resultatet efter skatt för tredje kvartalet uppgick till -2,4 (-87,6) mkr
  • Resultatet per aktie för tredje kvartalet uppgick till -0,05 (-0,15) kr

Första nio månaderna 2021 (januari - september)

  • Intäkterna för första nio månaderna uppgick till 0,7 (1,2) mkr
  • Prospekterings- och utvärderingskostnader för första nio månaderna uppgick till -2,2 (-2,3) mkr
  • Resultatet efter skatt för första nio månaderna uppgick till -12,1 (-265,9) mkr
  • Resultatet per aktie för första nio månaderna uppgick till -0,28 (-0,46) kr

Bluelake Mineral announces financial report for third quarter 2021

Third quarter 2021 (July - September)

  • Revenue in third quarter amounts to MSEK 0.0 (1.2)
  • Exploration and evaluation costs for third quarter amounts to MSEK -1.0 (-2.2)
  • After-tax result for the third quarter amounts to MSEK -2.4 (-87.6)
  • Result per share for third quarter amounts to SEK -0.05 (-0.15)

First nine months 2021 (January - September) 

  • Revenue for first nine months amounts to MSEK 0.7 (1.2)
  • Exploration and evaluation costs for first nine months amounts to MSEK -2.2 (-2.3)
  • After-tax result for first nine months amounts to MSEK -12.1 (-265.9)
  • Result per share for first nine months amounts to SEK -0.28 (-0.46)

Bluelake Mineral kompletterar ansökan om Natura 2000-tillstånd

Som tidigare meddelats har Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" eller "Bolaget"), via sitt svenska dotterbolag Vilhelmina Mineral AB ("Vilhelmina Mineral"), i enlighet med miljöbalken lämnat in en ansökan om Natura 2000-tillstånd den 3 maj 2021 till Länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten. Därefter har, som tidigare meddelats, Länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten beslutat att det krävs en komplettering till ansökan avseende bland annat påverkan på omgivande vattensystem. Vilhelmina Mineral har nu lämnat in en komplettering till ansökan till Länsstyrelsen där den huvudsakliga slutsatsen är att den potentiella negativa påverkan från planerad gruvdrift är ytterst begränsad på Natura 2000-området och att ett Natura 2000-tillstånd därför bör beviljas.


Bluelake Mineral submits a supplement to the 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") submitted an application for a Natura 2000 permit on May 3, 2021, in accordance with the Environmental Code 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. Vilhelmina Mineral now has submitted its supplement to the application to the County Administrative Board in which the key conclusion is that the potential negative impact from planned mining operations is very limited on the Natura 2000 area and a Natura 2000 permit should be granted.


Røyrviks kommun har beslutat att skicka ut förslag om detaljreglering av Jomagruvan för samråd

Bluelake Mineral AB (publ) ("Bluelake Mineral" och "Bolaget") meddelar via sitt norska dotterbolag Joma Gruver AS ("Joma Gruver") att Røyrviks kommun i Trøndelag har beslutat att skicka ut förslag till detaljreglering av Jomagruvan för samråd. Remisstiden för de svarande parterna är lägst 12 veckor. Beslutet innebär även att Joma Gruver anmodas inkomma med en ny konsekvensutredning rörande risker för negativ vattenpåverkan från gruvverksamheten.


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.


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