Norway seeks to open vast ocean area to deep-sea mining

Norway plans to open a large ocean area to deep-sea mining for battery metals, facing opposition from fishing businesses and environmentalists, and risks a dispute with other nations.

Norway seeks to open vast ocean area to deep-sea mining
  • Norway's government plans to open an area of ocean nearly the size of Germany to deep-sea mining.
  • Norway seeks to become the first country to extract battery metals from its sea floor.
  • Volcanic springs up to 4,000m deep contain an estimated 38mn tonnes of copper, used in electric car batteries.
  • Norway faces opposition from fishing businesses and environmentalists, and risks a dispute with other nations.
  • Norway's energy ministry would take a “precautionary approach” on environmental issues.
Norway seeks to open vast ocean area to deep-sea mining
Country could become first to extract battery metals from its ocean floor