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DEEP SEA MINING SYSTEM TRIALS BY MoES

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DEEP SEA MINING SYSTEM TRIALS BY MoES (INDIA) IN THE CENTRAL INDIAN OCEAN BASIN

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India has a contract with International Seabed Authority for exploration of polymetallic nodules in Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB). MoES proposes to conduct technical trials for demonstration of its polymetallic nodule collector pre-prototype deep sea mining machine in the Indian contract area of Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB) during 2021. The objective of the trial is to test the capability of the machine in terms of locomotion, crushing, pumping and discharge within a limited area on the seabed. It is also proposed to collect environmental data before and after the trials as well as over a period of time to assess the extent of impact on physico-chemical and biological conditions. A detailed Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared and is available at https://moes.gov.in/writereaddata/files/India_PMN_EIS_Jan_2020.pdf

All stakeholders’ are invited to send their comments and observations to Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt of India by email on vijay.kumar66@nic.in and ramadass@niot.res.in latest by 24 May, 2020.

Last Updated On 04/08/2020 - 19:20
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