Exploration Drilling Guidelines

The Exploration Drilling Guidelines have been developed to assist operators planning to conduct drilling operations within Greenland by providing information and explanation of the requirements contained in the Greenland Minerals Resources Act, and subordinate legislation. The Guidelines provide specific direction where the MLSA have been given the authority to prescribe, provide guidance and approve drilling and related activities. The Exploration Drilling Guidelines align and follow how the MLSA interprets the legislative requirements governing the offshore area as described in the Minerals Resources Act subordinate legislation and the Guidelines for Submitting Applications for Approval of Offshore Installations for Hydrocarbon Exploration in Greenland together with other accepted guidelines such as the Arctic Council Guidelines.

Approval Letter for Exploration Drilling 2011, public version

Exploration Drilling Guidelines, May 2011

Appendix 9 - Application for use of ISB during an oil spill (NERI)

Appendix 10 - Application for use of dispersants during an oil spill (NERI)

Guidelines for stratigraphic drilling

Guidelines for preparing an EIA related to stratigraphic drilling

In approving the exploration drilling activities the MLSA will adhere to the NORSOK standards.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

The licensee shall submit an environmental impact assessment (EIA) as part of the application for approval of offshore exploration drilling activities.

Guidelines for preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

The guidelines are directed at licensees preparing an EIA for activities related to the exploration, development, production, decommissioning and transport of hydrocarbons offshore Greenland.

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA)

The licensee shall submit a social impact assessment (SIA) as part of the application for approval of offshore exploration drilling activities.

Guidelines for preparing a Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

On the basis of the prepared SIA report the licensee must enter into an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) that defines the cooperation between the licensee, national authorities and local authorities in relation to maximizing development opportunities and mitigating impacts from mining projects.