Activities in connection with the ongoing pre-feasibility study ("PFS") are
progressing well. Preliminary plans have been established for open pit and
underground mine operations. Comprehensive test work is carried out to optimise
recovery of rutile and garnet products from the Engebø deposit. Market
information for garnet products indicates a potential for significantly higher
garnet sales than previously assumed.
Preliminary plans have been established for the open pit and the underground
mine operations. The resources in the measured and indicated categories as
published in the JORC compliant report in September 2016 (ref. stock market
release 12 September 2016) are the basis for the extraction planning. In
addition, the inferred category resources are considered in connection with
capacity evaluation and optimisation.
Hatch, the technical coordinator of the PFS has done extensive analyses to
determine the size and shape of the open pit, and the pit design can now be
Assessment of mining methods for the underground operations is ongoing. Together
with Hatch, SINTEF Building and Infrastructure is assessing geotechnical
information to optimise the extraction rate.
Processing test work
A comprehensive test program has been initiated in collaboration with Hatch's
expert team in South Africa to maximize recovery of suitable rutile and garnet
products from the Engebø deposit.
Process testwork is carried out at IHC Robbins in Australia. IHC Robbins is a
leading consultancy company with core competence in heavy minerals separation
(including rutile). Currently, the Engebø test work has high priority at IHC
Robbins and wet processing tests (spiral separation and magnetic separation)
have been carried out. Further test work will include dry magnetic separation
and electrostatic separation.
In addition, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is doing
processing tests to produce samples of rutile concentrate.
Comminution tests, i.e. grinding and crushing, are carried out at different
vendors and consultants to evaluate suitable equipment and to optimise mineral
liberation and operating costs.
Garnet market information
Market studies for rutile and garnet have been initiated in connection with the
PFS. So far, preliminary information of the garnet market has been obtained. An
update on the rutile market will be given at a later stage.
Generally, garnet consumption is closely linked with the general state of the
economies. The primary markets for garnet are in waterjet cutting and abrasive
blasting with additional market of coarse product in water filtration. There is
also a market in abrasion resistant material such as flooring.
In waterjet cutting, garnet is the dominant abrasive used. Previous test work
has demonstrated that the Engebø garnet is of high quality, well suited for
waterjet cutting applications. For blasting abrasives, garnet competes with
several other materials, i.a. various slag, crushed glass and olivine, mainly
based on price. In certain applications and for harsh environment, coarse
grained garnet is the preferred blasting abrasive, i.a. in the offshore oil and
The potential for the Engebø garnet is considered to be more favourable than
previously assumed. Therefore, and due to the substantial garnet content of the
deposit, Nordic Mining will target a significantly higher sales volume and a
wider product specter than indicated at an earlier stage. The new target volume
for garnet is at a level of 200,000 tonnes per year, which is a doubling of the
previous sales volume assumption. Hence, a higher garnet revenue potential
compared with previous assumptions will be targeted as part of the ongoing PFS
For questions please contact Project Manager Thomas B. Addison, telephone
+47 971 21 339.
Oslo, 30 November 2016
Nordic Mining ASA
Nordic Mining ASA (www.nordicmining.com)
Nordic Mining ASA ("Nordic Mining" or "the Company") is a resource company with
focus on high-end industrial minerals and metals in Norway and internationally.
The Company's project portfolio is of high international standard and holds a
significant economic potential. The Company's assets are in the Nordic region.
Through the subsidiary Nordic Rutile AS Nordic Mining is undertaking a large
-scale project development at Engebøfjellet in Sogn and Fjordane where the
Company has rights and permits to a substantial eclogite deposit with rutile and
garnet. Permits for the project have been granted by the Norwegian government.
Nordic Mining has rights for exploration and production of high-purity quartz in
Kvinnherad in Hordaland and develops the project through its subsidiary Nordic
Quartz AS. Nordic Mining's associated company Keliber Oy in Finland plans to
start mining of lithium bearing spodumene and production of lithium carbonate.
Nordic Mining holds exploration rights on the Øksfjord Peninsula in Troms and
Finnmark, where the Company has discovered a prospective area of sulphide
mineralisation. Through the subsidiary Nordic Ocean Resources AS, Nordic Mining
is exploring opportunities related to seabed mineral resources.
Nordic Mining is listed on Oslo Axess with ticker symbol "NOM".