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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.

Minviro has been appointed to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) related to the Rönnbäcken nickel project in Sweden. The deliverable will be an ISO-compliant 14040/14044:2006 LCA report highlighting the environmental footprint of the mining and concentration processes of the nickel product of the Rönnbäcken project.  The LCA will be a 'cradle-to-gate' study on the proposed production process, meaning the product will be assessed from the point of resource extraction to a final gate. In a first stage, the analysis will consist of:

ISO-compliant LCA of the Rönnbäcken Project

  • The objective is to quantify the environmental performance for the Rönnbäcken's project, including:
  • Generate detailed life cycle inventory data (energy and material inputs and associated emissions) for the mining and concentrating of the ore into nickel concentrate
  • Carry out a life cycle impact assessment to generate data for the global warming potential, water use and other impact categories
  • Distinguish between scope 1, 2 and upstream scope 3 emissions of the project's value chain
  • Produce an ISO-compliant LCA report, presenting all findings and recommendations of the project's environmental impacts for internal use (shareholders, investors, potential off-takers, etc).

Scenario analysis

The objective of the scenario analysis is to quantify the changes in environmental performance for different project designs compared to the results of base case LCA, enabling environmentally informed decision making. The following scenarios will be evaluated:

  • Quantify the impact of using an electric haulage fleet compared to a diesel fuelled haulage fleet or a trolley assist system.
  • Evaluate the impact reduction of carbon sequestration potential on the carbon footprint of the project's products.

The LCA will run in parallel with the PEA with the ambition to be finalized simultaneously so that findings in the LCA can be referred to in the PEA. However, before the full LCA report can be publicly announced, an external review is required. This review is carried out by a panel of independent LCA experts from academia and industry. This panel review, depending on workload, is expected to be conducted during spring 2022.

Stockholm, October 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 October 1, 2021 at 8.40 CET, by the contact person below.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:
Peter Hjorth, CEO, Bluelake Mineral AB (publ), phone +46-725 38 25 25
Email: info@bluelakemineral.com 

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.

2021-12-14
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 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").

2021-12-09
Regulatory

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.

2021-11-24
Regulatory

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.

2021-11-19
Regulatory

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)
2021-11-15
Regulatory

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.

2021-10-01
Regulatory

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.

2021-09-07
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 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").

2021-09-02

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.

2021-08-16
Regulatory

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.

2021-08-02
Regulatory

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.

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