Greenland issues new exploration, prospecting licences to Anglo American

Erik Jensen, Greenland’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Labour (right) with Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik at the opening of the Danish/Greenlandic booth of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada trade show in Toronto, Ontario on March 3, 2019. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)
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)

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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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