Nodule-based Critical Metal Production: A Real Solution
Moana Minerals’ Cook Islands Nodule Project
The nodules of the Cook Islands are unique in their shape, size, metal content, and setting when compared to nodules found elsewhere in the world. Our exploration program collects and analyzes data to complete a multi-year environmental baseline study and accompanying Environmental & Social Impact Assessment. These efforts quantify and fully characterize the environment and the nodule resource in our exploration area. Collected and analyzed engineering data (seabed, water column, air/water interface) informs the design of nodule recovery systems, ensuring efficient operations with minimal environmental disturbance.Learn More About Our Environmental Program
Why the Cook Islands Nodules?
The nodule resource of the Cook Islands is extensive, constituting perhaps the largest primary cobalt ore body in the world. In addition to being extremely high grade (0.5%) in terms of cobalt, the nodules also contain significant levels of nickel, copper, manganese, iron and rare earth elements. The nodules themselves lie uncovered atop the seabed sediments, and this 2-dimensional deposit is extremely uniform in terms of grade and chemistry. Seabed mineral exploration laws and associated regulations are well defined, with mining regulations under development and broad bi-partisan and public support, making the Cook Islands an attractive regulatory regime.Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority
Path to Critical Mineral Production from CI Nodules
Multiple parallel research and development activities will be required to achieve critical minerals production from CI Nodules.