Loke Marine Minerals Acquires Licenses in the Pacific Ocean
Loke Marine Minerals (Loke) is delighted to announce the acquisition of deep sea mineral business UK Seabed Resources (UKSR). UKSR holds a 100% interest in two deep sea mineral licences located in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone («CCZ») in the Pacific Ocean, sponsored by the United Kingdom (“UK”). The licences are issued by the International Seabed Authority1 («ISA»). UKSR also holds a 19.9% interest in the Ocean Mineral Singapore ISA licence in the CCZ.
The CCZ licences contain polymetallic nodules that lie unattached to the seabed, typically at 3,500 – 5,000m water depth. These nodules contain high concentrations of four metals that are currently essential for various technologies driving energy transition: cobalt, nickel, copper, and manganese. The CCZ holds the world’s largest, undeveloped resource potential of nickel and cobalt. These resources can secure the sourcing of critical minerals in the new geopolitical context.
Prior to this transaction, USKR has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin UK. Through this transformative acquisition Loke will become one of the largest licence holders in the CCZ.
Loke is developing a number of differentiating technologies that will aim to minimize the environmental footprint and improve industrial efficiency through safe and responsible operations.
Loke CEO, Walter Sognnes, comments, “This acquisition accelerates Loke’s exploration plans, and ambition to deliver the safe production of nodules with as minimal an environmental impact as possible. Loke aims to make a Field Investment Decision in 2027and start production in 2030. We are excited to have the UK as the sponsor state and see this as a natural continuation of the strong existing UK-Norway strategic cooperation in the offshore oil and gas industry.”
KONGSBERG becomes new cornerstone investor in Loke
We are pleased to announce that the industrial technology group Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG) has decided to invest in Loke and become Loke’s third cornerstone investor and technology partner. KONGSBERG is a Norwegian public limited company that supplies high-tech systems and solutions to customers in the offshore oil and gas industry, the merchant fleet, defense, aerospace and renewable industries.
“Welcoming KONGSBERG as an industrial investor is a major achievement for Loke. This further strengthens our shareholder base and technology partnership and puts Loke in a strong position to develop the licences acquired today.” commented Hans Olav Hide, Chairman of Loke.
“KONGSBERG has technology and solutions that ensure sustainable development and utilisation of our oceans. We have a long history of developing solutions for sustainable fishery, low and zero emissions ocean transport, offshore energy, and we have more recently engaged in the development of the offshore renewable energy industry. As with these industries, it is of the outmost importance to conduct comprehensive mapping and continuous monitoring of the impact seabed mining has on the ocean environment and ecosystems. KONGSBERG is dedicated to developing the technology and solutions needed to ensure this”, says Egil Haugsdal, Head of Kongsberg Renewables Technologies.
TechnipFMC and Wilhelmsen are Loke’s initial technology partners and cornerstone investors, and contribute their world-leading technology, competence and unrivalled network in subsea, maritime operations and logistics.