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 twenty six contractors.

Sixteen of these contracts are for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (15) and Central Indian Ocean Basin (1). There are six contracts for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the South West Indian Ridge, Central Indian Ridge and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and four contracts for exploration for cobalt-rich crusts in the Western Pacific Ocean.

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

Companhia De Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais
Contract Start:
November 9, 2015
Contract End:
November 8, 2030
Sponsoring State:
Brazil
Location:
Rio Grande Rise, South Atlantic Ocean
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Contract Start:
March 10, 2015
Contract End:
March 9, 2030
Sponsoring State:
Russian Federation
Location:
Magellan Mountains, Pacific Ocean
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
Contract Start:
January 27, 2014
Contract End:
January 26, 2029
Sponsoring State:
Japan
Location:
Western Pacific Ocean
China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA)
Contract Start:
April 29, 2014
Contract End:
April 28, 2029
Sponsoring State:
China
Location:
Western Pacific Ocean