While there is a world-wide growing need for minerals in order to meet demand from the green shift, Norway is now getting ready for exploring deep water resources.
With the forthcoming energy transition, the need for minerals in batteries, high-tech apparatus, vehicles and transport and wind turbines will increase many times.
This is the backdrop for the Deep Sea Minerals session at the NCS Exploration Strategy 2020 next week.
Deep sea mining is, however, not without controversies, in particular concerning the environment, and the economic potential is still uncertain, to putit mildly.
This poses the perfect dilemma for this topic and session – the world needs these Earth resources for sustainability and the energy transition, yet technical, commercial and environmental challenges related to exploration and exploitation need to be clarified and mitigated. This applies in particular to the offshore with a pristine and largely unknown environment
It is now apparent that in March 2019, the Norwegian Parliament passed the Norwegian Law of Seabed Minerals and there is a proposal for a concession round in 2023.
The session includes 6 talks given by experts in various fields: Rolf-Birger Pedersen, professor at the KG Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen, Ketil Hokstad, senior researcher in Equinor working with geophysical data analysis, Walter Sognnes, CEO and co-founded of Loke Marine Minerals, Anette Broch Mathisen Tvedt, ADEPTH Minerals, Steinar L. Ellefmo is Associate Professor at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU, and Harald Brekke, senior geologist in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.