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Offshore activities must be carried out in accordance with the terms stipulated in the licence, the approval as well as the guidelines for applications, execution and reporting of offshore hydrocarbon exploration activities (excluding drilling) in Greenland. Please see the appendix for the guidelines below.

Scope of project

When applying for approval to perform an activity, the applicant must submit a description of the scope of the project (no later than 1 December) in terms of environmental mitigation and cumulative effects. Based on this description of the scope of the project, the Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities (EAMRA) will assess whether the activity applied for will have, or is at risk of having, significant impacts on the environment, either alone or in combination with other planned or ongoing human activities, and therefore requires an EIA process. For more information on the EIA process please visit the EAMRA website.

Exploration drilling

The Offshore Exploration Drilling Guidelines have been developed to assist operators planning to conduct drilling operations within Greenland by providing information and explanations of the requirements in the Greenland Minerals Resources Act and subordinate legislation. The Guidelines provide specific directions on areas where the Oil and Gas Department (OGD) has been given the authority to prescribe, provide guidance and approve drilling and related activities. The Exploration Drilling Guidelines align and follow how the OGD interprets the legislative requirements governing the offshore area as described in the Minerals Resources Act, subordinate legislation, the Guidelines for Submitting Applications for Approval of Offshore Installations for Hydrocarbon Exploration in Greenland, as well as other accepted guidelines such as the Arctic Council Guidelines. In approving exploration drilling activities, the OGD will adhere to the NORSOK standards.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
When appropriate, licensees must submit an environmental impact assessment (EIA) as part of their applications for approval of offshore exploration drilling activities. Guidelines for preparation of an EIA can be found on the EAMRA website. The guidelines are directed at licensees preparing an EIA for activities related to the exploration, development, production, decommissioning and transport of hydrocarbons offshore Greenland.

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA)
Licensees must submit a social impact assessment (SIA) as part of their applications for approval of offshore exploration drilling activities. On the basis of the SIA report, the licensee must enter into an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) that defines the cooperation between the licensee, national authorities and local authorities in relation to maximizing development opportunities and mitigating impacts from mining projects.


Appendix A: Template for 3-day activity report
Appendix C: Template for completion report
Appendix D: Insurance requirements for offshore hydrocarbon exploration activities
Appendix E: Information on the Greenland VMS (Vessel Monitoring System)
Appendix Fa: Reporting of data
Appendix G: Template for Fishery Liaison Officer log book
Appendix H: Guidelines for health systems and medical emergency preparedness