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Blue Nodules

Funding Programme:

European Commission


Completion Year:


Contact Person(s):

Project Coordinator - IHC Mining

Mr. Laurens de Jonge (lj[dot]dejonge[at]royalihc[dot]com)

Implementation Period:
Specific Funding Programme:

European Union Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 688975.


EU contribution: €7,991,137.50

About the Project:

Blue Nodules is a research and innovation project to develop a deep sea mining system for the harvesting of polymetallic nodules from the sea floor with minimum environmental impact.

The Blue Nodules project will develop a new highly-automated and technologically sustainable deep sea mining system for the harvesting of polymetallic nodules from the sea floor. The key objectives of Blue Nodules are:

  • An industrially viable polymetallic nodule business case at water depths of 3,000 to 6,000 metres.
  • In-situ processing (sediment separation and sizing) and onboard process (dewatering and conditioning).
  • Excellent, intrinsically safe working conditions.
  • Minimum environmental impact.
  • Compliance with the relevant policies and regulations.

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project partners

  • IHC Mining BV - Coordinator (NL);
  • Dredging International NV (BE);
  • Contitech Rubber Industrial Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag (HU);
  • IHC MTI BV (NL);
  • De Regt Marine Cables BV (NL);
  • Uniresearch BV (NL);
  • Seascape Consultants LTD (UK);
  • Global Sea Mineral Resources, DEME Group (BE);
  • Bureau Veritas SA (FR);
  • Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Instituten (NL);
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (DE);
  • Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU (NO);
  • Aarhus Universitet (DK);
  • Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES);
  • Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Registre International De Classification De Navires Et De Plateformes Offshore (FR).