All he mines in Greenland so far...
All the mines in Greenland so far... Shipped the ore away without doing anything on it.
Mesters Vig ( Zinc/Lead ) only infrastructure was an airstrip and a place to dock ships.
Ivigtut... well they transferred the ore from the open pit mine to the ships by just rotating the crane.
Even the Gold mine ( I forgot it's name ) sent the ore away for treatment.
And here they want to build a whole treatment and concentration plant, along with supporting plants to produce the acids needed in the treatment/concentration.
No surprise the Inuits don't agree with that.
There's several reasons :
- Inuits are protecive of their environment.
- There's not enough people living there to actually provide workers to the mine ( Greenland whole population : 50000 or so )
they don't want to be invaded by Chinese people that will fill the jobs that can't be filled locally.
- a mine in Greenland means that it can only produce during 4 to 6 months in a year... so the ore concentration has to be very high to make it profitable.
( and yes that geological complex has high percentages of all the cited ores... )
- that geological complex is also one of the oldest one in the world ( between 1Ga and 2.5Ga... there's older not far in Greenland but it's part of the oldest rocks in the planet )
For the area in question more details can be found in this PDF : https://eng.geus.dk/media/13359/go_fs23.pdf
( yes it comes from the Danish Geological Survey... But Greenland is still an autonomous province of Denmark for the time being. )