Northland Resources S.A.

Northland Resources S.A.

January 03, 2011 04:05 ET

Northland Files Exploitation Concession Application and Environmental Impact Assessment Programme for Hannukainen Project

LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG--(Marketwire - Jan. 3, 2011) - Northland Resources S.A.  (TSX:NAU)(FRANKFURT:NPK)(OSLO:NAUR) - ("Northland" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that on December 20, 2010, the Company submitted an Exploitation (Mining) Concession application to the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy for the Hannukainen iron Oxide-Copper-Gold ("IOCG") project.

The area applied for in the Exploitation Concession covers approximately 5,400 hectares. Northland management have applied the same rigour as they used when the exploitation concession was requested for the Tapuli and Sahavaara mines. The exploitation concession application is a critical step in obtaining the right to mine.

At the same time, the Company started the Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") process for the Hannukainen project by submitting the EIA programme to the Finnish Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment on December 22, 2010. The objective of the EIA process is to ensure that the environmental and social aspects of the project are thoroughly assessed and that information on the potential impact is made available so that they can be taken into consideration during project planning and decision making. In addition, throughout the process, interested and affected local stakeholders will be provided with relevant information on the project, and they will have the opportunity to participate by providing feedback.

Northland expects to complete a Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") for the Hannukainen IOCG project during 2011. The EIA process will be undertaken in parallel and in close cooperation with the preparation of the Hannukainen DFS.

In May 2010, Northland released the results of a Preliminary Economic Assessment for Hannukainen that found the project technically feasible and financially positive. The results included a NPV of 471 MUSD and IRR of 32.5% based on a long-term prices of USD 1.10/dtmu Fe, USD 2.20/pound copper and USD 850/ounce gold. The project has a very competitive OPEX of USD 26.36 per tonne for the first ten years. With production capacity of 2 million tonnes per annum, production is scheduled to begin in 2014/2015. 

"Karl-Axel Waplan"
President & CEO
 - and -
"Jukka Jokela"
Vice President - Finnish Operations

Northland is a development-stage mining company with a portfolio of iron projects in northern Sweden and Finland. Northland's Kaunisvaara Project contemplates the staged development of magnetite iron ore deposits that would provide feed to a single, multi-line processing facility in Sweden, producing a high-grade, high-quality magnetite iron concentrate. The results of the Feasibility Study on the Kaunisvaara Project were released September 27, 2010.

Contact Information

  • Northland Resources S.A.
    Karl-Axel Waplan
    President and CEO
    +46 705 104 239
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    Anders Hvide
    Executive Chairman
    +47 92 88 98 58
    Northland Resources S.A.
    Eva Kaijser
    Chief Financial Officer
    +46 70 932 09 01
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    Marguerite Manshreck-Head
    Investors Relations, Canada
    + 1 647 224 7882