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Minister of Petroleum and Energy to UMC

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Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Søviknes

We are pleased to announce that Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and Energy will be opening speaker at the 47th Underwater Mining Conference (UMC) in Bergen 11 September.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy took over the management responsibility for exploration and recovery of mineral deposits on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2017. Søviknes will talk about the ongoing Norwegian legislation work and associated strategies for deep-sea mineral exploration and exploitation.

The Underwater Mining Conference (UMC) 2018 will take place in Bergen 10 – 14 September 2018. The event is opened by an Icebreaker on the evening of 10 September and the main conference programme starts 11 – 12 September, followed by field trips 13 – 14 September.

Call for Abstracts – Last Chance

We have received more than 30 proposals for presentations and for the first time, UMC will hand out awards for Best Student Abstract and Best Student Presentation. Deadline for all is 8 June.

Read more and learn about relevant topics and how to submit abstracts.

World's First Pilot in Japan

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) performed the world’s first successful ore lifting test for Seafloor Polymetallic Sulphides in Autumn 2017. It will be of great interest to the community to hear key note presenter Professor Nobuyuki Okamoto from JOGMEC presenting the results from this project.

We will also get a key note presentation from The International Seabed Authority (ISA) who are developing the legal framework for marine mineral mining in international waters. Harald Brekke, member of the Legal and Technical Commission International Seabed Authority, will present ISA Draft Regulations for Exploitation.

We also look forward to a series of leading experts addressing important technological, environmental, financial and legal aspects of deep-sea mining.

Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

R&D Manager

Jon O. Hellevang

About UMC

UMC is the premier venue for bringing sectors together around the world, to discuss environmental, legal and technical challenges related to marine mineral mining. More than 200 delegates from twenty different countries are expected to attend.

The 47th UMC is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society in partnership with the K.G. Jensen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen and GCE Subsea.

You can read more at the UMC website.