The next Frontier: Metals in the Deep SeaPhoto: andreas160578, Pixabay

The next Frontier: Metals in the Deep Sea

While oil and gas technology has matured for more than 150 years, exploration and exploitation for deep sea minerals is only in its infancy.

Text to photo: Renewable energy, different from fossil fuels, requires large volumes om non-renewable metals such as copper, manganese, zinc and cobalt, metals that are abundant in the deep sea.

As clearly pointed out by IEA in the May 2021 report (“The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transition”), solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, wind turbines and electric vehicles (EVs) generally require more minerals to build than their fossil fuel-based counterparts.

The search for deep sea minerals is strongly inspired by the energy transition and the consequential need to explore and exploit the potential for critical metals.

With more than 50 years of oil and gas exploration and production, Norway is in an excellent position to become a leader in the exploration for deep sea minerals, the next frontier for geoscientists and engineers.

On October 20 and 21, we will be hosting an international industry conference concerning – among other key topics – the need for critical minerals and the status of ocean bottom exploration technology.

We offer early bird prices until August 31. For international participants, we offer digital access with tickets not subject to VAT.


The programme comprises of eight sessions and will give a comprehensive overview on the status of exploration for deep sea minerals world-wide, international research, formation and distribution, social and environmental challenges, mineral resources inventory and exploration technology. There will also be presentations from companies intending to take part in the very first licensing round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

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