Deep Seabed Minerals Contractors

OVERVIEW

The International Seabed Authority has entered into 15-year contracts for exploration for polymetallic nodules, polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the deep seabed with thirty (30) contractors.

Eighteen of these contracts are for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (16), Central Indian Ocean Basin (1) and Western Pacific Ocean (1). There are seven contracts for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the South West Indian Ridge, Central Indian Ridge and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and five contracts for exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the Western Pacific Ocean.

The conclusion of contracts allow these contractors to explore specified parts of the deep oceans outside national jurisdiction. Read more

Beijing Pioneer Hi-Tech Development Corporation
Contract Start:
October 18, 2019
Contract End:
October 17, 2034
Sponsoring State:
China
Location:
Western Pacific Ocean
China Minmetals Corporation
Contract Start:
May 12, 2017
Contract End:
May 11, 2032
Sponsoring State:
China
Location:
Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone
Cook Islands Investment Corporation
Contract Start:
July 15, 2016
Contract End:
July 14, 2031
Sponsoring State:
Cook Islands
Location:
Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone
UK Seabed Resources Ltd
Contract Start:
March 29, 2016
Contract End:
March 28, 2031
Sponsoring State:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (II)
Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd.
Contract Start:
January 22, 2015
Contract End:
January 21, 2030
Sponsoring State:
Singapore
Location:
Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

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