Northland Resources Operational Update-November 2012

Northland Resources Operational Update-November 2012 
LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG -- (Marketwire) -- 11/21/12 -- Northland
Resources S.A. (TSX:NAU)(FRANKFURT:NPK)(OSLO:NAUR)(OMX:NAURo)
("Northland" or the "Company") announces its fifth bi-monthly
operational and construction update on the Kaunisvaara project.
During this period, September 25 - November 21, Northland completed
its first ore blast, received dispensation for 90 tonnes trucks and
completed the installation of the primary crusher, which is now fully
operational.  


 
--  The schedule for the Kaunisvaara project remains unchanged, with
    concentrate production from the Tapuli Mine scheduled to commence at the
    end of November 2012, with shipments of concentrate from the Port of
    Narvik starting early in first quarter 2013. 
--  The first Kaunisvaara process line was 95% complete at the end of
    October and remains on schedule. 
--  Cold commissioning of the process plant has commenced. 
--  The primary crusher is now installed and the feeding of ore into the
    stockpile building has commenced. 
--  The first ore blast of 90,000 tonnes of iron ore and 320,000 tonnes of
    waste rock was completed October 18. 
--  Dispensation was granted by the STA for the use of trucks with a gross
    weight of 90 tonnes. 
--  The Company plans to produce 1.4 dmt(1) in 2013 and to reach the
    production capacity of 4.0 dmtpa(2) in the beginning of third quarter of
    2014. 

 
THE MINE AND PROCESS PLANT  


 
--  The first Kaunisvaara process line is 95% complete, and remains on
    schedule. The second Kaunisvaara process line is 56% complete as of
    October 31. Cold commissioning is ongoing according to plan and with no
    major issues reported. 
--  The Sahavaara mine and related investments are 35% complete. 
--  Work on the Tapuli primary crusher is complete and in-line with contract
    scope. 
--  The truck workshop is now in use by PonCat. 
--  All works on the Tapuli stockpile building are complete. 
--  All works on the grizzly building are complete. 
--  Conveyor belts are installed from the Tapuli Mine to the process plant
    through the grizzly building. 

 
THE LOGISTICS CHAIN 


 
--  Northland has, together with Cliffton Mining ("Cliffton") and tr
uck
    manufacturer Scania AB ("Scania"), carried out trial runs with a vehicle
    of 90 tonnes gross weight to optimize the future traffic flow on the
    road between Kaunisvaara and Pitkajarvi. The trial runs were successful
    and the Swedish Transport Administration ("STA") has now decided to
    grant Northland dispensation to use trucks with a gross weight of 90
    tonnes instead of the Swedish standard of 60 tonnes. The dispensation
    applies from November 2012 until October 2013. The dispensation has to
    be renewed each year in accordance with standard procedure. The build-
    out of the logistics chain is on schedule for the commencement of
    deliveries to customers early in the first quarter of 2013. 
--  Road and rail interchange work is on schedule. 
--  The Swedish government intends to invest in improved infrastructure in
    the County of Norrbotten. Among other measures, new resources will be
    allocated to increase the capacity of the Malmbanan, the "Ore Railway".
    A further SEK 1.3 billion is earmarked for the road between Pajala and
    Pitkajarvi/Svappavaara, along which Northland's iron ore concentrate
    will be transported. 30 km has already been upgraded during 2012. 
--  Kiruna Wagon is currently manufacturing the railcars contracted by
    Northland in accordance with the contracted time schedule. To allow for
    a quicker production ramp-up, the Company will during an initial period
    rent additional rail cars from a third party supplier. 

 
Pitkajarvi trans-loading terminal: 


 
--  At the Pitkajarvi trans-loading terminal all road and restoration work
    has been completed. The storage tent is expected to be completed during
    November and operations are scheduled to start at the beginning/mid-
    December 2012. 
--  All works associated with rail, electrification, signaling and telecoms
    are complete. 

 
The Port 


 
--  Construction of the Fagernes Terminal in the Port of Narvik remains on
    schedule to handle shipments, starting early in the first quarter of
    2013. The terminal will be operated by Grieg Logistics AS ("Grieg").  
--  Jetty construction is progressing according to plan and the construction
    of the storage building commenced in September. 
--  Conveyors for moving concentrate into and out of bulk storage are
    expected to be on site by end of December, 2012. Ship loader Phase II
    engineering is nearing completion. 
--  Permits necessary for the temporary solution in the Port of Narvik are
    either in place or nearing completion. Significant improvements have
    been made to the project by moving the unloading station to the port
    side of the area. The changed plans, however, have called for some
    provisional solutions for unloading the trains and loading the vessels.
    These solutions require further temporary permits which are now subject
    to consultation and management is in constructive dialogue with the
    Community. An adjustment to the existing local plan permit is required
    to accommodate for the new ship-loader, the storage building, the
    unloading facility and the heating station. The main concerns from the
    community are dust and noise, which Northland does not expect to be a
    problem as all of the facilities will be enclosed and comprehensive
    cleaning and housekeeping procedures will be in place. 

 
Financing  
Northland Resources believes that, in combination with the continuing
support of Standard Bank Plc ("Standard Bank") through the Cost
Overrun Facility of USD 40 million signed in May 2012, and the Letter
of Intent ("LOI") signed with Stemcor Trade Finance Ltd ("Stemcor")
whereby Stemcor intends to commit USD 50 million of working capital,
the Company has sufficient funds to start production at the
Kaunisvaara project and thereby generate revenues during the first
quarter of 2013. 
The Company is negotiating with several parties concerning the
financing of rail cars and harbor equipment, which would decrease
Northland's investments in Capex. 
At the end of October, the Value of Work Done for the Kaunisvaara
Project was USD 645 million. 
The third Cost-to-Complete ("CTC") test will be conducted during the
Royal Haskoning DHV (formerly known as Turgis) planned site visit
late in November. Royal Haskoning DHV is required, according to the
bond agreement, to monitor if Northland has enough available
financing sources to complete the first part of construction in the
Kaunisvaara area, the Logistics chain through the port of Narvik and
to verify if the project is progressing according schedule.  
Nasdaq OMX Stockholm has decided to enable access to the Northland
share through its Multilateral Trading Facility ("MTF"). Northland
will maintain its formal listings on Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX")
and Oslo Bors ("OSL"), and this will not have any effect for those
who already trade Northland shares on these markets. Northland's
ticker symbol on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm is NAURo and can be found under
the First North NOK list and on the Company's website. 
The Kaunisvaara Project  
Work at the Kaunisvaara site is progressing according to plan. The
schedule for the Kaunisvaara Project remains unchanged with the start
of concentrate produ
ction from the Tapuli Mine expected in November
2012 and with shipments of concentrate expected to begin early in the
first quarter of 2013. 
The primary crusher is now installed and the feeding of ore into the
stockpile building has commenced. All major mechanical components are
on site and installations are standing at 95% complete. 
The truck workshop was completed at the end of October 2012 and the
conveyor belts are installed from the Tapuli Mine to the process
plant. 
At the beginning of November, two haul trucks, one wheel loader, two
dozers and one grader, had arrived at the mine site. Atlas Copco has
delivered the second of the two ordered drill rigs. This equipment is
already being used in the operation of the mine. 
Northland Resources completed its ore first blast consisting of
90,000 tonnes of iron ore and 320,000 tonnes of waste rock.  
The ore shed for the first Kaunisvaara process line has been
completed and is operational and the ore shed for the second process
line is 80% complete.  
At the end of October, the process plant was connected to the
permanent power supply from the Swedish power company Vattenfall
Eldistribution AB ("Vattenfall"). 
In the process plant, the SAG/AG mill and VertiMills from Metso
Corporation ("Metso") are assembled, including the electrical wiring.
Cold commissioning is ongoing.  
The out-loading/filter buildings and the construction of the
electrical substation are complete. 
The construction of water systems is close to complete. Piping works
for the tailings dam are complete and electrical installation work is
in progress. 
Health & Safety  
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate ("LTIFR") according to the Swedish
standard(3) from the end of October 2011 until end of October 2012
was 4.33 (5.34 for the previous period that ended August 30).  
The corresponding number according the international standard(4) for
the same period was 0.72 per 200,000 worked hours (previous period:
0.89). 
There was 0 LTIFR incident reported for both the International and
Swedish standards during this period, September 1-October 31 (July
1-August 31: 1).  
A total of 85 near hits were reported for the same period (previous
two-month period: 49). The increase is mainly due to a 40% increase
of worked hours. 
Pellivuoma  
Pellivuoma is located approximately 15 km west of Sahavaara. The
Company controls 100% of the exploration permit, which totals 11,346
hectares. The deposit constitutes potentially significant additional
tonnage in the Kaunisvaara area. 
Following a review of the ongoing definitive feasibility study
("DFS") work at Pellivuoma in early 2012, management modified the
scope of the DFS to ensure that Pellivuoma is developed in the most
cost-effective and financially-rewarding manner when combined with
the existing Kaunisvaara mining and processing site. Potential
scenarios include an increase in the production of high-grade
concentrate or an extension of the life of the Kaunisvaara operation
in combination with an increase of the production. The DFS is
expected to be completed in the beginning of 2013.  
Next Operational Update  
The Operational Update for the period up to December/January 2012
will be published on January 23, 2013. 
Financial Statements and MD&A for the fourth quarter 2012  
The Company will publish its Financial Statements and Management's
Discussion and Analysis for the period ending December 31, 2012, on
February 12, 2013. 
Karl-Axel Waplan, President & CEO, Northland Resources S.A. 
Northland is set to become a producer of iron ore concentrate, with a
portfolio of production, development and exploration mines and
projects in northern Sweden and Finland. The first construction phase
of the Kaunisvaara Project is nearing completion and production of
concentrate is expected to start during November 2012. The Company
will produce high-grade, high-quality magnetite iron concentrate in
Kaunisvaara, Sweden, where the Company will exploit two magnetite
iron ore deposits, Tapuli and Sahavaara. Northland has entered into
off-take contracts with three partners for the entire production from
the Kaunisvaara Project over the next seven to ten years. The Company
is also preparing a Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") for its
Hannukainen Iron Oxide Copper Gold ("IOCG") project in Kolari,
northern Finland and for the Pellivuoma deposit, which is located 15
km from the Kaunisvaara processing plant. 
Important Notice 
Forward-Looking Statements  
This announcement may include "forward-looking" statements within the
meaning of applicable securities laws. These forward-looking
statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking
terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates",
"anticipates", "expects", "intends", "may", "will" or "should" or, in
each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable
terminology. These forward-looking statements include all matters
that are expectations concerning, among other things, Northland
Resources results of operations, financial condition, liquidity,
prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which it operates.
By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on
circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Readers are
cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of
future performance and that Northland Resources' actual results of
operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of
the industry in which it operates may differ materially from those
made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in
this press release. In addition, even if Northland Resources' results
of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development
of the industry in which Northland Resources operates are consistent
with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release,
those results or developments may not be indicative of results or
developments in subsequent periods.  
(1) Dry million tonnes  
(2) Dry million tonnes per annum 
(3) Lost Time Injury Swedish standard as adopted by SveMin members:
Absence of one shift or more from regular duty following the
accident. Reference period: 1 million worked hours. 
(4) International Lost Time Injury definition: Absence of three
shifts or more from regular duty following the accident. Reference
period: 200,000 worked hours.
Contacts:
Northland Resources S.A.
Karl-Axel Waplan
President and CEO
+46 705 104 239 
Northland Resources S.A.
Peder Zetterberg
Acting CFO
+46 708 652 120 
Northland Resources S.A.
Anders Antonsson
Vice President - Investor Relations
+46 709 994 970
www.northland.eu