The Norwegian Forum for Marine Minerals

The Norwegian Forum for Marine Minerals (NMM) is an association of industry and research actors who work together to develop knowledge and expertise, and a Norwegian industry aimed at sustainable and responsible exploration and extraction of marine mineral resources.

Norway has found mineral deposits on the deep-sea floor and our country has a considerable and advanced underwater industry that can be developed into extracting such deposits on an industrial scale. The need for such minerals is increasing rapidly, as the green shift’s batteries and electronics are dependent on them. Existing deposits are limited to a few countries, with China sitting on the largest resources by far. That means that these minerals, and the access to them, has strategic, industrial, and trade policy implications on a global scale.

 

With both national deposits and world-leading industry expertise, Norway is well positioned to develop a new market with the extraction of underwater minerals. However, there are many important questions that need answering before concluding if we are on the threshold of a new resource adventure in the North Sea. NMM works to contribute in solving these questions.

NMM’s Goals

The Norwegian Forum for Marine Minerals aims to:

  • Strengthen cooperation between industry, trade and research environments, authorities and other organisations and persons with interests in marine minerals.
  • Become an industry organisation for all relevant actors in the field of marine minerals.
  • Contribute to developing common Norwegian strategies for sustainable exploration and extraction of marine mineral resources.
  • Be a national mouthpiece for the extraction of marine minerals.
  • Strengthen the Norwegian environment’s international contact and influence in the field of marine minerals. This means, inter alia, contributing to the establishment of and participation in international networks of corresponding forums.