Bluejay Mining has formally lodged its exploitation licence application to the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority, Greenland (MLSA) for the Dundas Ilmenite project.

With the exploitation licence, which covers the onshore portion of Dundas, the company will be able to take the next major step toward annualised production of 440,000tpa, upon securing approval.

Bluejay noted that lodgement of the application represents the conclusion of field assessments, measurements and documentation that were performed for more than three years.

The application consists of various modules, such as an environmental impact assessment (EIA), social impact assessment (SIA), mine plan, financial model, JORC-Code compliant ore reserve statement and project study.

Bluejay Mining CEO Roderick McIllree said: “Needless to say, we are thrilled to have lodged our exploitation licence application over the onshore parts of the Dundas project area; this achievement signals the accomplishment of over three years of work and is yet another significant milestone for Bluejay.

“The extensive work carried out over Dundas during the past three years with the submissions of the SIA, EIA and PFS, when paired with exporting our first bulk sample from the project, has driven 2019 into being a transformational year for the company.”

Bluejay prepared the licence application in tandem with the company’s international advisory network and by engaging with the Greenlandic authorities.

After the Ministry of Mines approves the application, the EIA and SIA will be made publicly available, following which a public consultation period will start for the project.

In May, Bluejay signed an agreement with Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Canada (RTIT) to further analyse Ilmenite from its wholly-owned Dundas Ilmenite project.