Greenland grants two further exploration licences to Amaroq Minerals

Location of the two new Amaroq Mineral licences in South Greenland. (Amaroq Minerals)

The government of Greenland has awarded two further exploration licences to Amaroq Minerals, the company said on Tuesday.

“The award of these two new and highly prospective mineral licences complements our existing portfolio and is evidence of our long term vision for the Greenlandic mining sector and our commitment to Greenland as a strategic supplier of essential critical minerals to the West,” Eldur Olafsson, Amaroq’s CEO, told Eye on the Arctic in emailed comment on Wednesday.

“We believe that Greenland has potential to supply the West with the much-needed minerals to provide for a sustainable future.”

REE deposits 

The two new licences in southern Greenland total 1,916.81km2.

The Paatusoq West licence area is believed to contain economically viable concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs).

“We believe that Greenland has potential to supply West with the much-needed minerals to provide for a sustainable future,” Amaroq CEO Eldur Olafsson said. (Amaroq Minerals)

REEs are in high demand for various technologies and industries including electronics and renewable energy.

The Nunarsuit licence area is part of an existing copper belt and is also home to an unexplored REE district, the company said.

“Gaining these new licence areas is fully aligned to our strategy of securing exploration rights across South Greenland’s gold and critical mineral belts,” Olafsson said.

“Whilst we cannot at this stage specify a timeline, we intend to pursue copper and critical mineral discoveries across these licences over the coming years with our joint venture partner for our strategic minerals division.”

Economic impact for the region is likely to include collaboration with local contractors, helicopter charters, site services providers and geological drilling teams, the company said.

“We are committed to hiring local employees and promoting Greenlandic talent,” Olafsson said.

The company says the new exploration licences have increased its holdings to 9,785.56 km2, making it the largest mineral exploration company holding in Greenland.

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Sweden: Swedish developer plans to build greenest iron mine in Kirkenes, The Independent Barents Observer

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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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