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Pacific - DeepGreen Partners With Scientists on Seafloor Discovery Program

DeepGreen Metals announced Tuesday it has formed partnerships with scientific research institutions and universities on its deep-sea discovery program to characterize the potential impacts of lifting polymetallic nodules from the bottom of the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Pacific Ocean.

In April, the Canadian start-up planning to extract cobalt and other battery metals from the seafloor, added a new area to its seabed portfolio, when it acquired Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML), giving the company exploration rights to a 74,713 km2 block of CCZ seabed that contains an inferred resource of 756 million wet tonnes of polymetallic nodules.

The research program will involve over 100 researchers to study the entire water column — from seabed to surface — involving ROVs, nets, sail drones and sophisticated sensors and moorings.

Experts from UK National Oceanography Centre, Natural History Museum (London), University of Gothenburg, University of Leeds, Heriot-Watt University — the Lyell Centre, Florida State University, University of Hawaii, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, and Texas A&M will join the program, while maintaining their academic independence, DeepGreen said.

The battery metals start-up is investing over $60 million to accelerate a collaborative program to address outstanding questions on the potential environmental impacts of collecting polymetallic nodules from the deep seabed in the Pacific Ocean.

The program will include dozens of studies of pelagic and benthic biology, bathymetry and ecosystem function of the CCZ as part of DeepGreen’s environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for its proposed polymetallic nodule collection project.

The data collected will enable informed decision-making and regulatory development in advance of the start of a new resource industry, which DeepGreen says has the potential to provide billions of tonnes of critical battery metals required for the global transition to clean energy.

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