The Naalakkersuisut, Greenland’s self-rule authority, has granted Dundas Titanium permission to extract ilmenite on the beach of Moriusaq, in northwestern Greenland.
Ilmenite, also known as manaccanite, is a titanium-iron oxide mineral. Ilmenite is the main source of titanium dioxide, which is used in paints, printing inks, fabrics, plastics, paper, sunscreen, food and cosmetics.
In 1791 William Gregor discovered ilmenite, in a stream that runs through the valley just south of the village of Manaccan (Cornwall), and identified for the first time titanium as one of the constituents of ilmenite.
The mining project at Moriusaq has been granted a permit which is valid for 30 years. The permit an area of 64 square kilometers between Qaanaaq and Savissivik.
Mining activities should commence no later than by year’s end in 2025.
The ilmenite-bearing black sand is also sometimes refered to as ‘heavy mineral sands’ due to the mineral ilmentite being a dense (heavy) mineral. Other ‘heavy minerals’ in the black sandin the project area are magnetite (iron-oxide mineral), pyroxene and amphibole (silicate minerals). In addition to the heavy mineral assemblage identified above, the black sands in the project area also contain a higher proportion of lighter coloured and less dense but non-valuable ‘normal sand’ minerals such as quartz, feldspars and micas etc. None of the sands in the project area are reactive in any way. There are no harmful toxic heavy metals or radioactive isotopes present in these beach sand deposits.
The Dundas Ilmenite Project is owned by Dundas Titanium A/S, a company registered in Greenland. Dundas Titanium A/S owns 100% of the current exploration license (number 2015/08) and has been responsible for all the exploration work at the site carried out over the last three years. Dundas Titanium is 100 % owned by Bluejay Mining plc, a company registred in the United Kingdom.
Greenland is a highly prospective yet underexplored emerging mining destination, with prolific areas of mineralisation now accessible as a result of climate changes. With a government focused on developing a resource based economy, Greenland is establishing itself as the new mining destination.
(Source: Dundas/Wikipedia/Bluejay – Image: preliminary works for ilmenite mining in northern Greenland)