Boliden: Boliden’s Capital Markets Day
Laver deposit classified as a mineral resource
BOLIDEN, Sweden -- November 23, 2012
The two days of the 2012 Boliden Capital Markets Day (STO:BOL)(TSX:BLS) was an
opportunity for Boliden’s management to present its view of the metals market,
the potential and challenges faced by the Group’s mines and smelters, and the
status of the Group’s expansion projects. The Laver mineralisation, previously
announced as an exploration result, has now been classified as an inferred
“All of the expansion projects are proceeding according to plan. The Aitik
mine is close to achieving our target of 36 million tonnes per year, the
electronic scrap recycling facility at Rönnskär is run-in and production has
begun at the Kankberg gold mine. Boliden’s biggest single ongoing investment,
the Garpenberg zinc and silver mine, is currently in an intensive phase with
regard both to the new concentrator and the underground facilities. We expect
production to start according to plan in 2014,” says Boliden’s President,
In parallel with existing expansion projects, work continues on the pilot
study investigating a possible new expansion of the Aitik mine to 45 million
tonnes of ore per year, as well as on the exploration around Laver – a deposit
identified in the spring of 2009. Since then, 75 core drill holes and nearly
30,000 meters of drilling has been performed in the area, which means that
Boliden now can classify Laver as an inferred mineral resource.
Inferred mineral resource.
Mt Cu Au Ag Mo S
(%) (g/t) (g/t) (g/t) (%)
Laver 690 0.20 0.12 2.8 35 0.53
“We are still at an early stage, but this classification was an important
milestone for us. Our exploration and evaluation work on the deposit will now
continue. The lead times from identifying a deposit to operating a potential
mine are long,” says Jan Moström, President Boliden Mines.
The Boliden Area is undergoing extensive changes. The Kankberg mine is
beginning production at the same time as the open pit copper mine, Maurliden
Östra, and the gold zone in Kristineberg are being mined out. Planned
maintenance shutdowns at Boliden’s smelters in 2013 include a so-called
25-year shutdown at Rönnskär, and are expected to yield an EBIT effect of SEK
-325 million. One of the Odda zinc smelter’s direct leaching tanks broke down
at the end of October and it is estimated that this will affect Boliden’s
fourth quarter profits to the tune of around SEK -25 million.
“The times continue to be uncertain and we are focusing our efforts on the
profitability aspects of all of our mines and smelters, but particularly the
Tara zinc mine and the Odda zinc smelter, both of which are high-cost
operations,” says Lennart Evrell.
For further information on Boliden’s Capital Markets Day, see:
Boliden and “Qualified Person” The Laver exploration programme is being
supervised by Mr Gunnar Agmalm who is registered as a Qualified Person by the
Swedish mining association, SveMin. Gunnar Agmalm, Boliden’s Mineral Reserves
and Project Evaluation Manager, has over 20 years’ experience in the mining
and minerals industry. Documentation detailing the exploration work at Laver
can be found on Boliden’s website, www.boliden.com
Boliden is a metals company with a commitment to sustainable development. Our
roots are Nordic, but our business is global. The company’s core competence is
within the fields of exploration, mining, smelting and metals recycling.
Boliden has a total of approximately 4,400 employees and an annual turnover of
approximately SEK 40 billion. Its shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm,
segment Large Cap, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada.
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Marcela Sylvander, Director Group Communications
Frans Benson, Director Investor Relations
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