MoES signs contract with ISA for PMS exploration

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), an institution set up under the Convention on Law of the Sea to which India is a party, for exploration of poly-metallic sulphides (PMS).

The contract was signed by Dr M Rajeevan, Secretary of MoES and Mr Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary General of ISA at New Delhi. The ISA earlier approved an application submitted by the MoES for allotment of 10,000 sq. km. area along with 15 years plan of work for PMS exploration along Central Indian Ridge (CIR) & Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) region of the Indian Ocean.


PMS containing iron, copper, zinc, silver, gold, platinum in variable constitutions are precipitates of hot fluids from upwelling hot magma from deep interior of the oceanic crust discharged through mineralized chimneys. The contract will enhance India’s presence in the Indian Ocean where other players like China, Korea and Germany are active. The program will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences with the participation from various national institutes and research laboratories/ organizations.



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