The Kiruna Iron Project represents an opportunity for Hannans and an incoming joint venture partner to establish a significant, premium grade (+68% Fe), iron concentrate operation. The Kiruna Iron Project comprises a number of different deposits, the majority within 80km of Kiruna.
Prior to the deposits being aggregated by Hannans they had not been effectively drill tested since early 1970. The initial focus was therefore to convert old deposits into JORC compliant mineral resources and assess the metallurgical characteristics of each deposit to determine if a saleable iron product could be produced from the magnetite ore.
The aim is to develop a business model whereby a number of satellite deposits, in addition to the main Rakkuri project are feeding into a central processing hub to create a long life profitable and sustainable mining and processing operation.
The initial concept is to bring the Rakkuri project into production, build a cash flow and introduce additional deposits as the business grows. Many studies and tests will need to be conducted to achieve this goal but it is considered achievable. Hannans is currently seeking a joint venture partner to assist in providing funding and expertise to progress the project.
The compelling attributes of the project are:
- Multiple iron ore deposits (at surface) within close proximity to Kiruna, a full service mining town and modern open-access infrastructure.
- Low political risk with favourable mining jurisdiction. Hannans? main iron deposit (open pit opportunity) is within an area of National interest for mining.
- Opportunity exists for Hannans to become an independent producer of premium grade pellet feed (concentrate) or provide ore to existing mines within the area.
- Low infrastructure risk with access to third party infrastructure already available with available capacity.
- Low metallurgy risk with proven magnetite processing technology in existence.
Resource Statement-Kiruna Iron Project
The global resource estimate for the Kiruna Iron Project currently stands at 395.5Mt @ 40.1%Fe.
|Prospect||Mt||Fe (%)||P (%)||S (%)|
JORC Compliant Indicated Mineral Resource Table
|Prospect||Mt||Fe (%)||P (%)||S (%)|
JORC Inferred Resources
Global Resource Inventory
|Prospect||Tonnage Range (Mt)||Grade Range (Fe%)|
|Altavaara||55 - 60||26 - 29|
|Laukkujärvi||4 - 8||30 - 35|
|Tjåorika||15 - 30||45 - 55|
|TOTAL||74 - 98||33.6 - 39.6|
JORC Compliant Exploration Target Table
Two magnetite deposits (Rakkurijoki and Rakkurijärvi) located 5km from the world?s largest and most modern underground iron mine (Kiirunavaara, owned by LKAB)
The Rakkuri Deposits are extremely well located within close proximity to key project infrastructure including:
- power (overhead);
- roads (less than 250m);
- heavy gauge rail (less than 1km); and
- heavy gauge rail connects to two modern iron ore export ports (Narvik, Norway & Luleå, Sweden)
A positive scoping study assessing the viability of a stand-alone, open-pit mining operation at the Rakkurijoki iron deposit was completed in February 2013. The study found the Rakkurijoki deposit has the potential to supply iron product over a 12 year mine life, at a premium price, to the European and the Middle East North African (MENA) markets link to the Scoping Study Press Release
With the scoping study now completed, Hannans is actively searching for a joint venture partner to fund the project through the remaining feasibility and resource drilling phases up to a decision to mine.
The next stage of feasibility will include the Rakkurijärvi deposit, which is located ~1km away from Rakkurijoki, to expand the scope of the project.