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Moana Minerals

Our Partnerships

Moana Minerals’ business model partners us with best-in-class companies and organizations who are aligned with our commitment to responsibly develop seabed nodule harvesting for critical metals production.

Collaborative Efforts for Successful Outcomes

Moana Minerals and our partners are well suited to tackle the environmental and engineering challenges inherent in this new industry.

Our Partners

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Transocean Partnership

Transocean is a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells, specializing in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business with a particular focus on deepwater and harsh environment drilling services. Transocean operates the highest specification floating offshore drilling fleet in the world.

Transocean intends to work with Ocean Minerals and its affiliates in support of their exploration program and environmental impact studies in the Cook Islands, and also work on developing certain of the technologies and services that are expected to be required to collect nodules from the seabed.

Transocean offshore energy services

The technical challenges associated with the efficient recovery of deep-sea polymetallic nodules represent an opportunity for Transocean to leverage its unique offshore expertise in support of the rapidly emerging energy storage market. As Transocean has previously stated, it believes that a mixture of all energy sources will be required to meet future global energy demands. Its work with Ocean Minerals is a way to provide essential offshore energy services that support a rapidly expanding alternative energy market.

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ERIAS is an environmental and social impact assessment and management consultancy specialising in life-of-project environmental and social performance services for the resource, energy, and infrastructure sectors. The company has a particular focus on the deep-sea marine environment and personnel have worked on resource-based deep-sea marine environmental and social impact assessments since the mid-1990s, including leading environmental and social approvals, baseline investigations, and exploration studies for ten seafloor mining projects across six jurisdictions (Cook Islands, Clarion Clipperton Zone, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, and Mexico). The company brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project that will assist Moana Minerals in delivering a project that minimises environmental and social impacts while maximising benefits to the people of the Cook Islands.

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Fathom Pacific

Fathom Pacific is an environmental consulting and research firm specialising in ecology and impact assessment in the private and public sectors. The company employs highly qualified scientists with a range of technical skills in marine ecology, monitoring design and execution, ecosystem modeling, and data science. Fathom Pacific personnel have particular specialisations and experience in deep-sea ecology and have been involved in deep-sea minerals projects since the mid-1990s, including projects related to seafloor massive sulphides, seafloor phosphates, and polymetallic nodules in the Cook Islands, the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Mexico. Fathom Pacific was involved in Moana Minerals’ nodule sampling in the Cook Islands in 2019 and has assisted Moana Minerals through the Exploration Licence application process and the design of Ecosystem-Based Management tools that will be used to structure the ESIA studies for the Moana 1 Project. Fathom Pacific’s personnel have extensive offshore experience, particularly in remote areas and the company will provide specialist technical input and personnel to the project.

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RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration

RSC has established itself as one of the leading geosciences and resource development consultancies for seabed resource development. The RSC team integrates with industry leaders to provide unparalleled experience in seabed exploration and estimation of marine mineral resources. RSC’s experience in seabed resource estimation includes the polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone and Cook Island EEZ, phosphate nodules offshore New Zealand, and multiple heavy mineral sand projects. RSC works closely with marine explorers to tailor exploration techniques and programmes to suit their data quality objectives. Our team includes globally respected and published specialists in sample QA/QC, geochemical modelling, seabed imaging, geological modeling in both 2D and 3D, geostatistics, and advanced resource estimation. RSC specialises in JORC and NI 43-101 code-compliant reporting.

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Ocean Floor Geophysics

Formed in 2007 specifically to provide deep-water seafloor minerals projects OFG has been supported over 24 seafloor minerals exploration campaigns. OFG applies and adapts state-of-the-art geophysical technology to complement traditional surveying methods using acoustic, magnetic, electromagnetic, gravity, chemical, and hydrographic sensors and systems deployed on ROVs, AUVs, and towed vehicles. Our mission is to solve our clients’ most complex subsea exploration, development, and monitoring challenges using innovative technology designed to meet and exceed their objectives in an environmentally sensitive manner.

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Deep Pacific (Ocean Instruments / Gravity Marine / Ocean Innovations)

Deep Pacific is a strategic consortium between Ocean Instruments, Gravity Marine, and Ocean Innovations. This team connects projects with key ocean technologies and the support to implement them. In addition, Deep Pacific has strategic alliances with universities in both the USA and Europe to provide both equipment and expert scientists. For more than 70 years Ocean Instruments products have been used throughout the world by oceanographic research centers, major universities, the marine industry, and government agencies. Ocean Instruments' design and manufacturing team is a combination of scientists and marine professionals who use this equipment daily, plus a cutting-edge engineering team focused on consistent, high-quality production.

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