Wilhelmsen & NorSea Take Stake in Loke Marine Minerals
Wilhelmsen and NorSea have together acquired a 18% stake in innovative Norwegian deep-sea mining company Loke Marine Minerals. Marine minerals have been identified by the World Bank, World Economic Forum, and International Energy Agency as one of the potential solutions to meet the increasing demand for the metals currently used in electric vehicle batteries, clean energy technologies and consumer electronics. Found in rock concentrations on the seabed and metallic layers that form on the sides of seamounts, Norway is utilising its well-established oil and gas industry expertise, and experiences to lead the way when it comes to outlining the potential of seabed minerals, for value creation and domestic employment. Rich with in-demand metals, such as copper, zinc, cobalt, scandium, and additional rare earth elements, the minerals on the Norwegian Continental Shelf alone are estimated, by an independent study conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, to be worth a total of USD 100 billion and could support the creation of 20000 new jobs.
The trio of veteran oil and gas industry experts behind Loke Marine Minerals recognised the opportunities offered by seabed minerals early on. They established the company in 2019 with the ambition to create an international leading marine minerals company. Currently developing patent-pending technology, Loke’s ESG-focused, minimal impact technical solutions aim to position it at the front for the highly anticipated license application process for mineral mining on the NCS.
Alongside NorSea and Wilhelmsen, TechnipFMC is also a co-investor in Loke, with an ownership of 18%. Providing market-leading services and systems to the energy industry, Technip FMC’s subsea leadership in innovation, technology and robotics compliment the integrated logistics, project management and marine know-how of NorSea and Wilhelmsen.