September 25th 2018

New funding for resource mapping in Trøndelag


Geological mapping in Hessdalen, Trøndelag.
The Norwegian county of Trøndelag has allocated ca. 600 million Euro to mapping its geological resources. The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) will contribute over 1 million Euro during the same three-year period to this activity.

“Very good news” says NGU’s assistant director Tom Heldal on hearing the recent decision, that was unanimously approved by the county’s Committee for Business.

Rich history

Trondelag has a rich history for mining, and the need for minerals and metals can create a new industry in the future, both in old mining areas and potentially new areas. The project "Geological resources in Trøndelag" will bring knowledge about currently known resources up-to-date and examine possibility of extracting them with modern methods, said Heldal.

In approving funding for the program, the Committee for Business recognized the value creation potential of mineral mapping.

Sustainability

 “We ask all those in the various branches of the mineral industry to participate in developing the opportunities for industrial minerals, natural stone and building raw materials. Together with the Directorate for Mineral Management, the municipalities and other actors must aim to reduce the financial risk to those looking to invest in sustainable resource-related enterprises”, reads the Committee decision.

Trøndelag County has asked the project to examine value creation potential of mining residual materials: “The use of residual material and waste can play an important role moving towards a in circular economy.”

Landscape

A portion of the funding will go towards the creation and dissemination of maps of unique landscape types in Trondelag, which will benefit from the tourism market.

Nordland, Troms, Vestfold, Buskerud and Telemark, are other counties in Norway that have allocated funds for geological mapping.