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19 November 2014
The Minister of Minerals and Natural Resources (Minister), the Honourable Mark Brown, invites Applications for Exploration Licences for Polymetallic Nodules offshore within a designated area of the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This tender process is referred to as the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Tender 2015 (the 2015 Tender).
The 2015 Tender is conducted by the Authority.
The principal object of the 2015 Tender, consistent with the objects of the Act, is to initiate activities that will ultimately result in the commercial recovery of seabed minerals in a manner that secures the sustainable economic development of the Cook Islands while meeting the country’s expectations concerning the preservation of Cook Islands culture and protection of its environment.
The Cook Islands Government is seeking to attract companies that have a demonstrated ability to responsibly conduct exploration activities for deep seabed minerals.
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