Kallak North Exploitation Concession Update
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For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is being made on behalf of Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer.
12 April 2018
Beowulf (AIM: BEM; Aktietorget: BEO), the mineral exploration and development company, focused on the Kallak magnetite iron ore project and the Åtvidaberg polymetallic exploration licence in Sweden, and its graphite portfolio in Finland, has been in communication with The Government of Sweden, and understands that the Government’s review of submissions made by interested parties, with regard to the Company’s application for an Exploitation Concession for Kallak North, continues. As the Government has yet to complete its review of all documents received, it cannot give a definitive timing for a final decision.
The Company will continue to keep the market informed regarding developments in the application process. The Company requests that shareholders do not contact the Government directly, as responding to enquiries is time consuming for those reviewing the Kallak project, taking them away from dealing with the matter in hand.
Kurt Budge, CEO, commented:
“It is clear that the Government is being thorough in its review, and taking the time it needs to complete a rigorous and objective assessment of the facts.
“Though shareholders may be frustrated with no definitive timeline for a decision, Kallak is an important project for Jokkmokk and the County of Norrbotten and should be treated with the care and attention it deserves, and an observance of due process.
“The Government has the opportunity to look at the ‘big picture’, the interdependencies of capital projects in the region, mining, rail, port, and power, and the potential for Kallak to play its part in a sustainable economic future for Jokkmokk and Norrbotten.
“Kallak has support from local and regional politicians, and business focused agencies, who recognise that the Company has invested SEK77 million, and that it is committed to developing an innovative, modern, and sustainable mining project, that showcases the best of what Sweden can deliver.
“While the Company waits on Kallak, the Company’s exploration teams have been busy with drilling the Aitolampi graphite project in Finland, and a geophysics survey at Åtvidaberg in southern Sweden.
“The Board will be in Finland next week, attending the Nordic Mining Investment Conference, where I will make a presentation titled ‘Mining a future in the Nordics – Staying the distance’. Also, we will hold a workshop with our exploration team, to review our graphite portfolio and our plans for the Aitolampi project, as well as Åtvidaberg.
“I look forward to updating shareholders in due course on our progress at Aitolampi and Åtvidaberg.”
|Beowulf Mining plc|
|Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer||Tel: +44 (0) 20 3771 6993|
|Cantor Fitzgerald Europe(Nominated Adviser & Broker)|
|David Porter||Tel: +44 (0) 20 7894 7000|
|Tim Blythe / Megan Ray||Tel: +44 (0) 20 7138 3204|
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