PhD position in Mining Engineering

The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum has a vacancy for a PhD position in Mining Engineering. We are looking for a PhD candidate in mining method selection for Deep Sea Mining operations. The appointment has a duration of three years with the possibility of one additional year of compulsory work. Read more here 

Welcome Rudy!

Rudy Helmons has been hired as an Adjunct Association Professor in deep sea mining at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum. He has a master degree in mechanical engineering and he obtained PhD degree Cum Laude in offshore and dredging engineering from Delft University of Technology. During his PhD, Rudy was also hired by IHC MTI (the R&D business unit of Royal IHC, manufacturer of complex offshore and dredging vessels and equipment). After his PhD, he moved fully to TU Delft, where he held a position as a researcher and now as an assistant professor in the section of Offshore and Dredging engineering within the faculty of Mechanical, Materials and Maritime Engineering. His main research interests focus on dredging/wet mining processes and equipment, with a special emphasis on enabling better prediction of and how to improve upon the environmental performance of the equipment and processes. Since 2019, he is involved in various deep sea mining (international) research projects, e.g. Blue Harvesting, JPI-Oceans Mining Impact II.

Welcome Rudy!

Press Release: Cooperation between German and Norwegian industry on marine minerals

23. November 2020 DeepSea Mining Alliance (DSMA) and Norwegian Forum for Marine Minerals (NMM) signed an agreement to cooperate on developing a cost-effective and environmentally responsible industry pursuing marine minerals. These raw materials are essential to reach the goals specified by the European Union in the “Green Deal”. New industrial technologies are required to minimize the environmental impact and at the same time offer a reliable and affordable supply chain.

NMM and DSMA is now forging a cooperation building on established connections between Norway and Germany. The goal for the cooperation agreement between NMM and DSMA is to form an industrial, technological and scientific cooperation that extends all disciplines and phases needed for sustainable extraction of marine minerals.

One of the major next goals of this agreement is the preparation of a joint road map of activities and projects to foster not only the cooperation between the NMM and the DSMA but also between the industrial, scientific and political stakeholders in both countries, pointed out by Leonhard Weixler, President of the DSMA.

The members from NMM and DSMA have a unique and coherent set of resources, skills and expertise valuable for realization of marine minerals operations. Although some key components of these technologies have reached maturity, there are still critical research and development topics to be solved.

NMM and DSMA can be important premise providers for the future development of marine minerals.Leveraging competencies within existing German and Norwegian clusters, NMM and DSMA cooperation can be an important instrument to development of knowledge, methods and tools needed to make seabed minerals extraction a vital part of the solution in the energy transition, says Dr. Kjetil Skaugset, Chairman, NMM

Combined, DSMA and NMM have 59 members from industry and academia. Upon signing the cooperation agreement, the organizations will facilitate cooperation projects across the marine minerals value chain.

For more information contact:

Leonard Weixler, President of DSMA

Egil Tjåland, Secretary, NMM

Rystad Energy lanserte rapport om potensialet i offshore mineralutvinning

Norsk olje og gass, Aker, GCE Ocean Technology, Blue Maritime Cluster, GCE Node, Aker, Loke Marine Minerals og Norsk Forum for Marine Mineraler (NMM) inviterte i dag til digital lansering av den første rapporten om mulighetene havbunnsmineralene kan gi for ny industri i Norge. Rapporten er utarbeidet av Rystad Energy og ble overrakt til Olje og energiminister Tina Bru.

Startskuddet har gått for en ny næring i Norge, en som står på skuldrene av oljenæringen og som blir viktig for utviklingen av lauvutslippssamfunnet: utvinning av mineraler på havbunnen. Myndighetene har i flere år kartlagt slike forekomster, og en samlet industri står nå klar til å skape verdier av disse naturressursene.

Les rapporten her

Og les mer om Norsk forum for marine mineraler her

Invitation to Workshop on Environmental considerations of deep-sea mining

The Marmine project Invites to Workshop on Environmental considerations of deep-sea mining 11. march in Oslo. The workshop will present the present knowledge on environmental impacts from deep-sea mining, with a focus on mining seafloor massive sulphides (SMS), and discuss how this knowledge (or lack of) needs to be integrated in the development of this emerging industry.

Read more here


Rapport fra Forskningsrådet: Kunnskapsgrunnlag for forskning og teknologiutvikling på området mineralutvinning på havbunnen

Olje- og energidepartementet har bedt Forskningsrådet om å fremskaffe kunnskapsgrunnlag for forskning og teknologiutvikling på området mineralutvinning på havbunnen.

Denne rapporten er utarbeidet som svar på OEDs bestilling. Den omfatter følgende:
• Oppsummering av skriftlig bakgrunnsinformasjon
• Informasjon om Forskningsrådets portefølje innenfor området, samt internasjonal forskningsaktivitet
• Oppsummering av en workshop avholdt med relevante forskningsaktører
• Råd om en forskningssatsing

Les rapporten her: Kunnskapsgrunnlag havbunnsmineraler 2018-2019

Se også nettsiden for Norsk Forum for marine Mineraler

Stor interesse for Marine mineraler

NTNU leder Norsk forum for marine mineraler (NMM) og denne uken ble forskning rundt dette spennede temaet presentert på Arctic Frontiers i Tromsø. NTNU, UiB, Forskningsrådet og PI Subsea holdt foredrag på vårt arrangement på konferansen. Temaet vekket stor interesse i salen og i media. Her kan du høre et radioinnslag med instituttleder Egil Tjåland

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