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New co-operation agreement to strengthen mineral excavation in Greenland

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland will help build up geological competency


The agreement will run for five years from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019 (Photo: Scanpix)

August 19, 2014
16:31

by Christian Wenande


The climate, energy and building minister, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, has agreed with Greenland’s minister of business, minerals and labour, Jens-Erik Kirkegaard, to a new and improved co-operation platform regarding mineral excavation in Greenland.

The agreement – which will run from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019 – will replace the current agreement and consist of three separate parts: a framework, a project and an advisory agreement.

The deal means that the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) will take part in assembling and securing geological competencies in Greenland through an advisory role and specific research and marketing projects. GEUS will also assist in supporting geological knowledge enhancement in Greenland.

“I am proud of the agreement we have put together with the Climate, Energy and Building Ministry,” Kirkegaard said.

“The deal means that GEUS will continue to play a large role in the geological investigation and actively help us build up our geological competencies here in the country.”

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Research enhanced
The agreement will support the establishment of GeoSurvey Greenland (GSG), which is related to the research and data areas and scheduled to be ready by 1 January 2016.

”I am pleased that this new agreement ensures a continuation of the long-term co-operation on the development of the mineral arena in Greenland,” Petersen said in a press release.

“And at the same time, the agreement takes into consideration the development Greenland wants.”



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