Greenland issues new exploration, prospecting licences to Anglo American
Greenland’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Labour has granted British multinational Anglo American a series of licences in western Greenland.
In all, the company received two exploration licences south of Upernavik, a town of around 1000 people in Greenland’s Avannaata municipality.
The minerals covered are nickel, copper and platinum group metals (PGM’s), which include ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum.
The company also received a prospecting licence covering West Greenland.
“Welcoming Anglo American back to Greenland is evidence that Greenland’s strategy of attracting responsible foreign investment in mineral exploration is yielding returns, and the Ministry will continue to promote Greenland as a top-tier location for investing in mineral exploration,” said Erik Jensen, Greenland’s minister of Mineral Resources and Labour in a news release on Wednesday.
The five-year licences will be valid until 31st December 2023.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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