World-class mineral resource developed according to world-class standards

The Engebø deposit is one of the largest unexploited rutile deposits in the world and has among the highest grades of rutile (TiO2) compared to existing producers and other projects under development. The deposit also contains significant quantities of high-quality garnet. The scale of the mineral resource secures long-term operations. The project is being developed in accordance with high international standards for environment, health, and safety. Regional hydroelectric power will supply the process plant with renewable energy. The deposit has a favorable location next to a deep-water quay and with efficient shipping/logistics to European and overseas markets. This limits the project’s physical footprint and reduces environmental effects. According to independent studies, Engebø will have the lowest climate gas emission among all producers of titanium feedstock globally. The Engebø deposit is being developed as a dual mineral operation with production and sale of high-quality rutile and garnet. The business concept provides efficient resource utilization, risk reduction, attractive and robust economics, and valuable future expansion opportunities.

Updated Definitive Feasibility Study reconfirms Engebø as a world class mineral project

In May 2021 Nordic Mining ASA completed the Updated Definitive Feasibility study (“UDFS”) for the Engebø Rutile and Garnet Project. The UDFS is an update of the DFS which was completed in January 2020. The updated study confirmed Engebø as a sustainable and economically robust mineral project with reduced financing risk, improved financial resilience, and attractive financials returns.

Webcast of the presentation of the UDFS – May 2021


Taking action to ensure sustainability at Engebø

Engebø Rutile and Garnet is taking a proactive approach to ensure that the Engebø Project will be developed with high standards for sustainability. Nordic Mining is in the process of adopting the Towards Sustainable Mining (“TSM”) initiative for the Engebø Project and will report according to the system when Engebø is in operation with the goal of an A-level. Engebø Rutile and Garnet is implementing a comprehensive Environmental and Social Management System (“ESMS”) for the Engebø Project. Through the ESMS we aim to ensure that the Project adheres to permits, regulation and best industry practices1 from construction, operation, and closure. The Group has an ambitious goal of biodiversity net gain for life of mine of the Engebø Project. Engebø Rutile and Garnet will work to reduce, restore, and compensate biodiversity loss at the mine site. If not able to restore biodiversity 100 percent, Engebø Rutile and Garnet will compensate by increasing biodiversity in other areas. The Group is developing a Biodiversity Action Plan in collaboration with consultants DNV and Asplan Viak. As part of this work a comprehensive biodiversity mapping has been carried out. Based on a scoring system the biodiversity impact will be tracked on an annual basis and made publicly available

Engebø operating license completes the main regulatory permits

In May 2022, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (“MTIF”) resolved that Engebø Rutile and Garnet’s operating license is maintained as granted with full rights to the Engebø deposit, confirming the resolution from the Directorate of Mining from June 2020 and later confirmed in November 2020. The decision from MTIF is final and cannot be appealed. The operating license is granted for the life of mine of the project which includes an open pit and underground phase, however, with a possibility for revision after 10 years. The license regulates operational scope, methodology and procedures to secure safe and efficient production of the mineral resources and follows the strict regulation practice for Norwegian mining operations which implies high standards for environment, health, and safety. The operating license completes the main regulatory framework required for the project, including extraction permits, approved zoning plan for the mining and processing areas and the environmental permit. The operational license was activated towards the Directorate of Mining in November 2022, following start of construction work of conveyor tunnel, primary crushing chamber, and preparatory work to drill the vertical ore pass.

In June 2020, the Company submitted, after extensive test work proving that the consumption of chemicals could be significantly reduced, an application to the Environment Agency for substitution of chemicals from the original environmental permit of 2015. In January 2021, the Agency granted the revised environmental permit, commenting that the significant reduction in chemical consumption will have lower impact on the environment than the previous planned consumption. The decision was confirmed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment in November 2021 concluding that the complaints received in relation to the revised discharge permit do not provide any basis to revoke or change the permit. The decision from the Ministry of Climate and Environment is final and cannot be appealed. In June 2023 the Environmental Agency approved the Waste Management Plan for the Engebø Project and granted a revised discharge permit. Two NGO's have summoned the Norwegian Government claiming that Engebø Rutile and Garnet's disposal permit granted by the Norwegian Government in 2015 is null and void. The hearing in the case between the NGOs and Norwegian Government will took place in Oslo District Court in September 2023, with verdict expected in November 2024

In February 2022, Sunnfjord Municipality approved the building permit for all infrastructure groundworks for the Engebø Project. The permit is in line with the UDFS and the EPC contracts. All building permit complaints were rejected by the Municipality Body of Complaints in April 2022 following an appeals process. The approved building permit for infrastructure groundworks with already approved demolition permit for existing buildings and agreement with county road authority, completes the formal requirements for starting construction work at Engebø.

Permits for general and process plant buildings are applied for in due course according to finalization of detail engineering by the EPC in line with the construction plan.