NCS Exploration - Deep Sea Minerals 2021
World leading experts are meeting in Bergen 19-21 October to discuss technology, potential resources and critical challenges around the exploitation of marine minerals.
The event will focus on the Norwegian continental shelf, how to secure critical minerals for the green shift and licence to operate.
The conference targets industry professionals, environmental groups, policymakers, the geoscience community, and other stakeholders who are eager to learn more about an emerging global industry and how Norway is preparing for the 1st licensing round for deep-sea minerals.
Connected to this event, GCE Ocean Technology will host an icebreaker event the 19 October at the Norwegian Ocean Observation Laboratory presenting some of our projects and test infrastructure related to deep sea activities in Norway.
World Leading Experts Gathered
The conference will feature eight sessions covering key topics including geology, technology, legal and environmental aspects.
Michael W. Lodge, Secretary-General at International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretary-General at International Seabed Authority (ISA) will be opening the conference.
Harald Brekke, Senior Geologist at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and chair of the legal and technical committee of ISA will give a status report on the worldwide exploration for deep sea minerals while Cecilie Myklatun, Chief Specialist at Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will be presenting the framework for mineral activity on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The programme includes talks from world-leading experts such as James Hein, Senior Scientist at USGS, Thomas Peacock, Professor at MIT, Bramley Murton, Professor at National Oceanography Centre, Sven Petersen at GEOMAR and Georgy Cherkasov, Deputy Director at the Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean & Ulrich Shwarz-Shampere.
The conference will also feature a wide range of world-leading companies such as The Metals Company, Ocean Floor Geophysics, PGS and TGS, as well as the Norwegian companies Loke Marine Minerals, Adepth Minerals and Green Minerals who aspire to become operators.
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As the need for critical minerals is now expected to be greater than the supply from the mining industry and recycling, Norway is in an excellent position to become a leader in the exploration for deep-sea minerals.
The race has started, and at this conference, we will address challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
GCE Ocean Technology has taken an active role in the investigation of the possibility to establishing a new industry within marine minerals.
The cluster has hosted several seminar and conferences as well as established large spin-off projects to develop the industry as well as hosting an Arena Marine Minerals cluster initiative.
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