The Government of India Signs Exploration Contract with the International Seabed Authority

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 September 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Government of India have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides.

The contract was signed today, Monday 26 September in New Delhi, India by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and Dr M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences. 

The application area, located in the central Indian Ocean, covers 10,000 km2 and consists of 100 blocks, each of 10 km by 10 km, which are grouped into five clusters, each containing from 15 to 30 blocks. The application area is confined within a rectangular area not exceeding 300,000 km2 in size and where the longest side does not exceed 1,000 km in length.

The Government of India currently has an exploration contract with the Authority in the Indian Ocean for polymetallic nodules, which entered into force on 24 March 2002.