Blog: What’s in store for Greenland’s resource industry?

View of Nuuk, old town. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)
View of Nuuk, old town. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)
A number of recent stories have cropped up looking at the future of  resource development in Greenland and whether it can realistically finance Greenland’s independence from Denmark.

A recent report made headlines by suggesting that the case may be overstated.

In it, experts said Greenland would need 24 large-scale mines at a cost of 670 million Euros each to cover the match the current level of welfare spending.

Currently there are two reported mines operating.

There’s a full report from a Danish newswire service here .  (in Danish only!)

Elsewhere, there were reports here and here that Norway energy giant Statoil may be pulling out of West Greenland in order to cut costs.

Scotland-based Cairn Energy has also re-evaluated it’s Greenland operations in favour of exploration in other areas after spending $1.2 billion on oil exploration in the region that has yet to yield results.

It will be interesting to see how these developments play out in the coming months.

At the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso, Norway in January, Greenland’s Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond reiterated her commitment to resource development in the territory and belief that it would bring Greenland independence during her lifetime.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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