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PolyMet Drilling Program Results in Additions to NorthMet Mineral Resources and Reserves

Poly Met Mining, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PolyMet Mining Corp. (together “PolyMet” or the “company”), today announced updated Mineral Resources and Reserves for the NorthMet deposit based on results of its 2018-19 drilling program.

Location of drill holes from the 2018 and 2019 drilling program (Graphic: PolyMet Mining)

Highlights include:

  • Proven and Probable Reserves increased by 14% to 290 million tons;
  • Measured and Indicated Resources increased by 22% to 795 million tons.

“We are pleased with the improvements the drilling program delivered to our mineral resource, with an additional 177 million pounds of copper, 53 million pounds of nickel and 322,000 ounces of precious metals added to the Proven and Probable Reserve category,” said Jon Cherry, president and CEO.

“The drilling program outcomes are indicative of our tremendous NorthMet asset and the progress we continue to make with the project,” Cherry said. “With a fully permitted project, we remain in ongoing discussions with potential lenders about financing while we also continue to identify opportunities to optimize and deliver the project in the most economic way possible.”

The results of drilling that commenced in the fourth quarter of 2018 and concluded in 2019 were used to convert material from the Inferred category into the Measured and Indicated Resource classifications. Subsequently, the Reserve was updated under NI 43-101 guidelines.

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