The following excerpt is from EXPLORATION NEWSLETTER - What's up in Sweden, No5, May 1998.

Current news on exploration in Sweden

Brandon Gold Corporation has started a 6000 metres drill program on targets northeast of Kiruna Mirab, a Swedish geoconsultant is contracted to carry out the field operations. Brandon has also started a ground geophysics program and an overburden drill program to identify further targets within the Kiruna area.

Rio Tinto has been granted exploration permit for four areas within the Rappenfältet", Northern Sweden. The Rappenfältet has been explored during several campaigns earlier and hosts many known mineralisation with base metals, alloys, gold and uranium.
Further information: Jonte Beswick, +46-920-247 200.

Lappland Guld's gold deposit at Svartliden, South of the Skellefte field, is reported to contain some 16 t of gold (7g/t). The Svartliden project is run by a joint venture between Lapplands Guld and Viking Gold.

At their gold deposit Ersmarksberget, Northern Sweden, Scan Mining has identified a 400 m long zinc zone. The body continues to a depth of 150 m with a width of 10-30 m. Drilling has indicated the ore zone down to 130 m. Ersmarksberget has now proven reserves of 2 Mt of gold-zinc (silver-lead) ore with 3 g/t gold and 3% zinc. A mining concession has recently been granted for the Ersmarksberget deposit.

North Atlantic Natural Resources, NAN, continues their investigation at Vargbäcken, Skellefte field, where new analyses have revealed a 7,3 m section with 12,8 g/t gold. Recently they announced a new find of zinc-copper mineralisation at Storliden, north of Malå. This was found as a result of the airborne geophysical programme accomplished during 1997. First drilling indicates a disseminated sulphide mineralisation with pyrrhotite, pyrite, sphalerite, galena and chalcopyrite.
In the Puolalaki area, Gällivare, with several known gold occurrences, NAN has discovered high contents of copper, nickel and cobalt. The work in the Puolalaki area is carried out on an agreement between NAN and the permit holder Golden Eagle Mines AB.
NAN is also working in the Bergslagen mining district where they plan to start exploration near the ancient Sala silver mine.

Mining news

Terra Mining/William Resources has been granted a concession to use cyanide leaching at their guld mine at Björkdal, Skellefte District. The concession goes together with high terms of precautionary measure to guarantee minimum outlet limits of cyanide in water and air. Terra Mining will probably be the first mining company in Sweden to use cyanide-leaching.

Diamond exploration

No further progress in diamond exploration permits serial story. Poplar Resources are still awaiting diamond exploration permit for the northern part of Sweden. They are planning an extensive stream and till sampling program.

Industrial minerals

A new company Scandic MM AB will restart the old felspar quarry Niilivara, Northern Sweden. The company has support from the County administrative board and has GS Development as main owner. The felspar will be exported mainly to Southern Europe. Starting with this quarry, S. MM plans to exploit other similar deposits.

News from Mineral Resources Information Office

During winter the office has bad extra financial support from Invest in Sweden Agency (ISA). This has allowed us to make further improvement of our archive. This program comprises a comprehensive database on all public known ore boulders, digitalisation of areas with ground geophysical measurement and catalogue of contents in the more than 4500 exploration reports. The program is scheduled to be completed during this autumn. Our staff is reinforced by a new employee, Leif Bildström. His main duty will be to further upgrade our archives. He has 25 years experience of mineral exploration both for the Swedish Government and private companies.

Swedish exploration data

New soil geochemical data (till, C-horizon) from same map sheets south and west of the Skellefte are district and at the west coast (Southern Sweden) were recently released (April 28th). One of the areas covers a gold anomaly zone in the Storuman region. For more information on the till geochemistry, please contact Kaj Lax at the Mineral Resources Information Office.

© 1998 Geological Survey of Sweden - Mineral Resources Information Office.

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