“I think it is urgent to find out what is hiding under the surface in Norway. Not just for battery factories, but really for all industry and everything around the green shift. We have become too dependent on other countries and continents such as China, Africa, South America and other places, which may have completely different conditions than what we like to compare ourselves with when it comes to human rights, environment and ethics.”
The historical home of cobalt production
- Skuterud: Over 4 million tonnes of cobalt ore mined from 1773-1893, the world’s largest cobalt producer & Norway’s largest company at the time
- 6.5km trend of historic cobalt workings along Skuterud trend – >100 years of mining
- Maiden drill results identified multiple zones of cobalt mineralization
High grades, rich history of production
- Historical Fredrik IV Mine – 30 years of production up to 1908 @ 6% Cu grade.
- Sampling by Kuniko yielded up to 16.75% Cu, 3.33g/t Au and anomalous concentrations of cobalt from waste dumps.
- Long history of underground production between 1668 – 1971
- Historical production grates 1.15 % Cu, 1.86 % Zn, total tonnage estimated at 1 million tonnes.
- Mineralisation thickness reaches 10 m, but generally varies between 3 and 6 metres (NGU, 2019c)
- Historical production 1650-1750, surface grades up to 2% Cu