legalThe Mineral Licence and Safety Authority, the Ministry of Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Industry, Labour, Trade and Energy and the Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities under the Greenland Government is the overall administrative authority for mineral resources including all matters relating to mineral resources, mineral resource activities, use of the subsoil for storage or purposes relating to mineral resource activities, related energy activities, related pipeline activities and other related activities.

The authority considers all such matters on the basis of The Mineral Resources Act and provisions laid down under the Act as well as on the basis of other acts and rules of relevance to mineral resources, mineral resource activities, use of the subsoil for storage or purposes relating to mineral resource activities, related energy activities, related pipeline activities and other related activities unless other acts or rules provide that other authorities must consider the matter. The authority is the administrative and competent authority under the other acts and rules with regard to mineral resources, mineral resource activities, use of the subsoil for storage or purposes relating to mineral resource activities, related energy activities, related pipeline activities and other related activities.

The Mineral Resources Act
Greenland Parliament Act no. 7 of December 7, 2009, on mineral resources and mineral resource activities (the Mineral Resources Act) came into force on January 1 2010. The act has had the following amendments:

  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 26 of 18 December 2012
  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 6 of 8 June 2014
  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 16 of 3 June 2015
  • Greenland Parliament Act No. 34 of 28 November 2016

The Act is intended as a framework act laying down the main principles for the administration of mineral resource activities and authorizes the Greenland Government to lay down provisions in executive orders and standard license terms as well as specific license terms. The Act aims to ensure that activities under the Act are securely performed as regards safety, health, the environment, resource exploitation and social sustainability as well as properly performed according to acknowledged best international practices under similar conditions.

Explanatory Notes for the Mineral Resource Act
Background and explanation to the Mineral Resource Act.

Greenland Parliament Act No. 4 of 4 June 2012 on Greenland Oil Spill Response A/S

GOSR is a limited company owned by the Government of Greenland. According to  Greenland Parliament Act No. 4 of 4 June 2012 on Greenland Oil Spill Response A/S a licensee that has been granted a license under the Mineral Resources Act shall enter into agreement with the company on its delivery of services on Oil Pollution Preparedness, oil pollution control and environmental clean-up after oil spills, to the extent that the company offers delivery of such services related to the licence or the activities covered by the licence.

 

Standard Licence Terms for Minerals

At present a number of Standard Terms and guidelines are in force regarding mineral resources. These guidelines cover application procedures, standard terms for exclusive exploration licences and non-exclusive prospecting licences for minerals excluding hydrocarbons.

Application Procedures and Standard Terms for Mineral Exploration and Prospecting Licences in Greenland
Application Procedures and Standard Terms for Mineral Licences and Prospecting Licences in Greenland in an unofficial translation and merge of Application Procedures of November 16 1998, Standard Terms for Exploration Licence for Minerals (excluding hydrocarbons) in Greenland of November 16 1998, Amendment of September 10 2010 regarding addition of sec. 709-711 and Amendment of June 25 2013 regarding change of sec. 303 and 602. Further to this, Addendum no. 3 of July 1 2014 to Standard Terms for exploration licences for minerals (excluding hydrocarbons) in Greenland, including appendices 1-4, shall apply.

Addendum no. 3 of July 1 2014 to Standard Terms for exploration licences for minerals (excluding hydrocarbons) in Greenland

Rules for field work
Requirements for all persons and companies doing field work on land related to a mineral resource activity.

Reporting
The Mineral Resources Act and the Standard Licence Terms requires a Licensee to make a number of reports, under this link you can find guidelines and formats for preparing these.

 

Standard Licence Terms for Hydrocarbons

Standard Licence Terms for Exploration and exploitation
A licence for hydrocarbons is based on a model licence, depending on the area which has been applied for. A licence for hydrocarbons is given as exclusive rights to explore and exploit hydrocarbons within the given licence area on the given terms.

Standard Licence Terms for Prospecting
A Prospecting licence for hydrocarbons gives a non exclusive right to carry out activities that could help decide if and in which area exploration for hydrocarbons should be done.

 

Other relevant acts and rules

Legal Disclaimer

The Government of Greenland and the MRA have taken care to provide accurate information on this website, however the Government of Greenland and the MRA shall not be responsible or liable in any manner for any error, omission or inaccuracy in the information regarding the Acts on this website and/or for any damage, loss or cost directly or indirectly caused by or arising out of any such error, omission or inaccuracy. For the official, and legally binding, Acts, please see the official legal documents in Greenlandic or Danish at www.lovgivning.gl.            

Unofficial consolidation of the Greenlandic Act No. 8 of June 13, 1994 on case administration in the public administration

Unofficial consolidation of the "Public Records Act"

The Government of Greenland's Executive Order No. 15 of October 1, 2012 on the consideration and decision of requests for access to documents