Mineral Resources Act

The Mineral Resources Act is the framework legislation for all activities related to mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation (Mineral Resources Act Explanatory Notes).

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 1st 2010. The Act is valid with 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

Greenland Parliament Act No. 16 of 27 November 2018

Greenland Parliament Act No. 39 of 28 November 2019 (Explanatory notes)

In Greenland there is no privately owned land, all rights to any use of land is administered by the Government of Greenland. The Government can therefore grant rights to several legal activities in the same land area. Please see this document for further information.

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

The Government of Greenland and mineral licensees must also comply with the following acts and rules relevant to mineral exploration and exploitation in Greenland:

For the official, and legally binding Acts, please see the official legal documents in Greenlandic or Danish at www.lovgivning.gl.

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