Sourcing minerals for a more
sustainable future

Investigating EU Critical Raw Material Vanadium

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Our vision

Norge Mining has a clear vision: to operate the most ecologically, socially and sustainable mine for Critical Raw Materials vanadium, phosphate and titanium. In this way, we want to create a lasting impact by contributing to a more sustainable future that global citizens are clamouring for.

Our focus & priorities

This is a nascent industry in Norway, a country that is sitting on large, untapped mineral deposits, according to investigations so far. We are focusing our efforts on three high worldwide demand resources: vanadium, phosphate and titanium.

Considerate mining is at the core of our business model – in collaboration and constant communication with local neighbourhoods. Using innovation and technology, we aim to minimise any environmental impact. What’s more, some of the minerals we are sourcing will greatly contribute to a more sustainable global future.

Our evidence

Securing a stable, domestic region for developing these much-needed resources is not just our vision; the European Union has officially named vanadium, phosphate and titanium as ‘Critical Raw Materials’ (2020). That means they’re economically and strategically important for European economies, but have a high supply risk.

Our investors

A reliable partner, Norge Mining aims to build value for its shareholders. We will offer long-term opportunities at an attractive investment level, with significant upside. Norway is, politically and environmentally, one of the most stable and developed countries in the world and its government is strongly fostering the mining industry.

NORWEGIAN GEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (NGU): “Ilmenite and vanadium in the Bjerkreim-Sokndal intrusion, together, constitute a world-class resource.”

Our team

Our team is made up of mining industry stalwarts, technology enablers, business growth experts. We are excited by the huge potential that lies ahead and believe we are on the precipice of something truly great. Norge Mineraler AS, our fully owned Norwegian subsidiary, has its own board of directors and a talented management and technical team.

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  • Norge Mineraler AS
  • Board of Directors
  • Management
  • Board of Advisors

Board of Directors

Oliver A. Baring
Chairman

Oliver A. Baring is an industry mover and shaker, who brings with him a vast heritage of global mining experience. He was a member of the advisory council at both Sentient Group and a US$2 billion mining private equity fund. He was previously a Partner at Rowe & Pitman and Managing Director of UBS Warburg Mining Group worldwide. Oliver started out in the industry at Anglo American/De Beers Group.

John Vergopoulos
CEO

John Vergopoulos brings decisive, hands-on leadership to Norge Mining, as well as an international financial ‘black book’ and years of experience in the mineral resources sector. He has a strong fundraising track record in capital, private equity and syndicated loan markets. He’s been an SME Board Director and a CEO and CFO for various publicly traded corporations in the tech and mineral resources industries. Over the years, John’s been in charge of dealing with government institutions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. He started out his career as a chartered accountant in Deloitte’s London Audit Department.

Mike Hirschfield
CFO

Mike has served on the boards of a number of listed companies. In 1997, he incorporated his own private business to provide advice and support to a variety of AIM and main market listed companies. He started out his career as a qualified chartered accountant with KPMG, specialising in corporate finance. Mike is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde
Non-Executive Director

Ingvil brings an exceptional level of experience to Norge Mining’s Board as a Non-Executive Director. A representative of the Norwegian Progress Party (FrP) and the former Deputy Minister in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, she will be a guiding light as the country explores its exciting economic next steps. Ingvil was also the Minister of Public Security in the Ministry of Justice and Public Security from January 2019 until January 2020. And she previously worked as a Senior Adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in oil and gas management positions at Innovation Norway.

Committees of the Board: Remuneration (Chair)

Olav Skalmeraas
Non-Executive Director

Olav Skalmeraas joins Norge Mining Limited and Norge Mineraler AS as Non-Executive Director, having held various high profile positions at international energy giant Equinor and aluminium and renewable energy company Norsk Hydro. With deep ESG experience, Olav was integral in positioning Equinor in the gradually liberalising gas market. He was VP of Midstream Value for Oil and Gas (Brazil), VP of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, and VP of Carbon Capture Utlisation and Storage. Olav was responsible for engaging key German energy decision makers, and assessing the impact of regulatory frameworks for natural gas and offshore wind auction systems. At Norsk Hydro he was VP of its aluminium activities in South America and VP of gas marketing and transport. Olav has a Master of Science in Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Committees of the Board: ESG (Chair), Remuneration (Member)

Kristian Bader
Non-Executive Director

Kristian Bader has extensive experience as Operations Adviser, most of which he gained as line manager and project manager in companies in the financial and technological industries. Kristian has furthermore founded and built up various companies. His strengths lie in the analysis, conception and implementation of organizational structures and processes and in the strategic development of these. He is also passionate about developments in the fields of technology, digitization and automation. Kristian has a Doctorate in Business Administration and holds Executive Master’s degrees in Business Law and Art Market Studies.

Committees of the Board: ESG (Member), Audit (Member)

Management

John Vergopoulos
CEO

John Vergopoulos brings decisive, hands-on leadership to Norge Mining, as well as an international financial ‘black book’ and years of experience in the mineral resources sector. He has a strong fundraising track record in capital, private equity and syndicated loan markets. He’s been an SME Board Director and a CEO and CFO for various publicly traded corporations in the tech and mineral resources industries. Over the years, John’s been in charge of dealing with government institutions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. He started out his career as a chartered accountant in Deloitte’s London Audit Department.

Mike Hirschfield
CFO

Mike has served on the boards of a number of listed companies. In 1997, he incorporated his own private business to provide advice and support to a variety of AIM and main market listed companies. He started out his career as a qualified chartered accountant with KPMG, specialising in corporate finance. Mike is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Michael Wurmser
Founder

An astute economist, geostrategist and entrepreneur, Michael is the founder of Norge Mining and advises on finance and geostrategic direction. Michael has worked for Citibank Zurich, and has held a prestigious array of senior positions at multinational financial institutions in New York and Frankfurt. Previously, in the early 2000s, he was mandated by various governments, finance ministries and state banks in Eastern Europe and Asia to help settle sovereign debts. Over the years, Michael has advised on structured financing for companies in the natural resources, commodities and mining sectors in the Middle East and Mongolia as well as in the US.

Mary McCarthy
Executive Assistant

Mary is a seasoned Executive Assistant with over 20 years of experience. She has held positions in accounting, investment banking, hedge fund, fund management, the satellite industry and mining.  Mary has been with Norge Mining since 2021 and is responsible for extensive administrative tasks including scheduling, correspondence, and project coordination. Mary uses her knowledge very purposefully and efficiently.  Through active communication at C-suite-level, she coordinates aspects of internal and external communication and supports administrative, financial, and operational functions.

Board of Advisors

Eric Sarasin

Eric Sarasin has a 30-year track record in Banking at Morgan Guarantee, Pictet & Cie, Citibank N.A., and Bank Sarasin. For 27 years at Bank Sarasin he held various senior leadership positions and developed the formerly family-owned bank into a leading private bank of Switzerland, culminating in his role as Group Deputy CEO of Bank J. Safra Sarasin (after the sale of the bank to the Safra family in 2012). Eric is a graduate of Babson College, and the Swiss Finance Institute. He is Chairman of the Singularity Group, Q-Brands, and Gambio. He is on the board of 1875 Finance and Swiss Startup Group, and Chair of TIGER21 Switzerland. During his career, Eric held many public, non-private and cultural leadership roles including 12 years as the President of the Swiss-German Chamber of Commerce, and today as President of the Cancer League of Basel, Gertrude von Meissner Foundation, the Paul Jenni Foundation, the MyHandicap Foundation, the Redsands Venture, and Human Rights Watch.

Jana Plananska
Expert and Independent Consultant, Electric and Smart Mobility

Jana is an expert and independent consultant in the management of electric and smart mobility. Jana obtained PhD in Busines Administration at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. In her PhD Thesis she analysed consumer adoption of electric vehicles. Jana has consequently founded her own consulting company, advising clients on solutions for electric and smart mobility. Among others, she specialises on sustainable battery value chain, consumer adoption and behaviour, digitalisation and automation. Before her PhD, Jana obtained double Master Degree in international development and political science from Sciences Po Paris and the University of St.Gallen. Jana has extensive knowledge of diplomacy, analytical work and project management for clean transport and energy. She has gained this experience through her engagement with the institutions such as the University of Oxford, UNESCO, EU or the World Bank.

Beat Kaelin
Chief Sustainability Advisor

Beat is a Swiss expert in Nature and the Environment with a Swiss federal certification. He has also had the experience of managing this skill set in the corporate environment, by building his own asset management company and focussing among others on sustainability which he subsequently sold to AIG. Until the end of 2021 he served as president of WWF Canton of Zurich.

David Wurmser

Dr. David Wurmser, has been the executive and founding member of the Delphi Global Analysis Group, LLC – a firm specializing in geopolitical risk analysis and mitigation for companies from the United States, Europe, Japan and India operating in the infrastructure, raw materials, energy, high-tech, defense and financial sectors. Among others, Delphi was the primary contractor advising Nobel in political risk and strategy for over a decade to help Nobel Energy (now Mobil) navigate its transformative situation in Israel from 2009 until 2020. David was also the senior advisor to the U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney on Middle East, proliferation and strategic affairs and to Under Secretary of State John Bolton. He further founded the Middle East studies program at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he published several articles on geo-political and geo-strategic topics. David holds a B.A. (political science), M.A. (international affairs and international economics) and a Ph.D. (on U.S. foreign policy and Middle East affairs) from the Johns Hopkins University.

Andreas Sarasin

Andreas Sarasin studied economics (lic.rer.pol.) in Basel before joining Bank Sarasin in 1982. Until 2007, he held various management positions at the bank, becoming a member of the Executive Committee in 1991 and a partner of Bank Sarasin in 1993. As Head of Logistics, he was responsible for the bank’s infrastructure worldwide. As Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Sarasin Europe Sarasin Luxembourg and member of the Board of Directors, Sarasin Investment Management SA London, Bank Sarasin-Rabo Asia and Bank Sarasin Ltd Guernsey, he had global insights into asset management. Since 2007 Andreas Sarasin has been working as an independent advisor and financier of startups in different sectors and sizes. Thereby the strategic orientation and the company infrastructure is the core of his support of the mostly young companies. In this context, he is currently active on various boards of directors. For example, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Trafina Privatbank and a member of the Boards of Directors of Whitebox AG, Uniqfeed AG and E3CSS AG.

Frank Plantenberg
Business Development Manager

Frank graduated in Chemical Engineering, MSc, at the Technical University of Delft. He worked 35 years in the metals and mining industry, moving from R&D responsibilities  at the Alcoa Technical Center in Pittsburgh to processing, operational management and general management roles at BHP Billiton.

Frank was MD of the companies Gallium JV in Germany, VP business development of the Aluminium division, Director Operations of the companies Brazilian Aluminium division, MD of the operations in Surinam and COO South America of the Aluminium division. In the latter roles Frank did lead a number of acquisition, operational merger and divestment initiatives for the company.

Albina Khairullina
Project Support

Albina has a data science background with a focus on strategy and technology. She is an experienced consultant and strategy advisor for multi-national companies across different industries.

She is experienced in company’s asset valuations, IP strategies and business model innovations. Albina co-founded a Swiss-based company serving banks and credit institutions.

Also, she pursues her academic passion as a Researcher at Imperial College London. Albina holds a Master’s degree from University of Lausanne and Doctorate degree in Technology Management from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

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Board of Directors

John Vergopoulos
Chairman

John Vergopoulos brings decisive, hands-on leadership to Norge Mining, as well as an international financial ‘black book’ and years of experience in the mineral resources sector. He has a strong fundraising track record in capital, private equity and syndicated loan markets. He’s been an SME Board Director and a CEO and CFO for various publicly traded corporations in the tech and mineral resources industries. Over the years, John’s been in charge of dealing with government institutions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. He started out his career as a chartered accountant in Deloitte’s London Audit Department.

Olav Skalmeraas
Managing Director

Olav Skalmeraas joins Norge Mining Limited and Norge Mineraler AS as Non-Executive Director, having held various high profile positions at international energy giant Equinor and aluminium and renewable energy company Norsk Hydro. With deep ESG experience, Olav was integral in positioning Equinor in the gradually liberalising gas market. He was VP of Midstream Value for Oil and Gas (Brazil), VP of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, and VP of Carbon Capture Utlisation and Storage. Olav was responsible for engaging key German energy decision makers, and assessing the impact of regulatory frameworks for natural gas and offshore wind auction systems. At Norsk Hydro he was VP of its aluminium activities in South America and VP of gas marketing and transport. Olav has a Master of Science in Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Committees of the Board: ESG (Chair), Remuneration (Member)

Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde
Non-Executive Director

Ingvil brings an exceptional level of experience to Norge Mining’s Board as a Non-Executive Director. A representative of the Norwegian Progress Party (FrP) and the former Deputy Minister in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, she will be a guiding light as the country explores its exciting economic next steps. Ingvil was also the Minister of Public Security in the Ministry of Justice and Public Security from January 2019 until January 2020. And she previously worked as a Senior Adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in oil and gas management positions at Innovation Norway.

Committees of the Board: Remuneration (Chair)

Monika Øksnes
Non-Executive Director

Monika is Non-Executive Director and Norge Mineraler AS’ former Chief Operating Officer. She has a master’s degree in geology and started her career in June 2020 at Norge Mineraler AS as Camp Manager, as part of the ongoing project in the municipalities Eigersund, Bjerkreim, Lund and Hå. Over a short period of time, she acquired increased responsibility – quickly rising to the ranks of Chief Operating Officer. As COO she led the ongoing exploration for Norge Mineraler AS and its associated personnel, as well as the interaction and dialogue with the project’s various stakeholders. As COO, Monika showed her commitment to finding favourable solutions and ensuring a good working environment, in which there were opportunities for everyone to develop professionally and personally.

Management

Olav Skalmeraas
Managing Director

Olav Skalmeraas joins Norge Mining Limited and Norge Mineraler AS as Non-Executive Director, having held various high profile positions at international energy giant Equinor and aluminium and renewable energy company Norsk Hydro. With deep ESG experience, Olav was integral in positioning Equinor in the gradually liberalising gas market. He was VP of Midstream Value for Oil and Gas (Brazil), VP of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, and VP of Carbon Capture Utlisation and Storage. Olav was responsible for engaging key German energy decision makers, and assessing the impact of regulatory frameworks for natural gas and offshore wind auction systems. At Norsk Hydro he was VP of its aluminium activities in South America and VP of gas marketing and transport. Olav has a Master of Science in Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Committees of the Board: ESG (Chair), Remuneration (Member)

Jenny Kvilhaug Tuen
CFO

In February 2021, Jenny became part of the Norway Mining team as the CFO in Norge Mineraler. She has a MSc business and administration with a specialization in finance from the University of Stavanger. Despite her young age, Jenny has already gained good and varied experience in similar roles. She is committed and passionate about streamlining and digitizing in her field. Jenny will be responsible for the financial reporting, financial management and facility management in related to the project in Dalane and Hå. Jenny’s workplace is in Egersund.

Jørgen Stenvold
Project Director

Jørgen Magnus Stenvold brings more than 20 years of experience of mine development to Norge Mineraler. He has a Master’s degree in economic geology from NTNU and further education in business and finance from the BI Norwegian Business School. Jørgen has worked for 12 years at Yara International, as project director for several large projects and as VP Mining with overall professional responsibility for Yara’s global mining operations. Jørgen started his career in Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, first as a mining geologist and later as exploration director. Jørgen has also been general manager of Store Norske Gull and Arctic Graphite.

Kjartan Hjorteland
Legal Counsel

Kjartan has been working with business law within real estate and construction law among other topics, before joining Norge Mineraler AS a legal counsel. Kjartan also holds a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Master in Economics specializing in Finance, a competence Kjartan has utilized in several projects for 20+ years. Kjartan’s multidisciplinary background and experience provide significant advantages in complex decision-making processes.

Solveig Hognestad
HR Manager

Solveig has a diverse background in public sector and pharmaceutical/food industries and brings broad experience to our team. In addition to being a certified nurse from the University in Stavanger, she has furthered her education with specializations in Organizational Leadership and Organizational Psychology from the University of Bergen. Her background provides a unique blend of knowledge and understanding of business operation dynamics. Tasked with developing and implementing HR strategies that align with the objectives and commitments of Norge Mineraler, Solveig also ensures that everyday HR operations are carried out efficiently. At Norge Mineraler, we understand that people, environment and sustainability are at the heart of what we do. Solveig brings forth a value system founded on integrity, respect, and empowerment – values that we believe will contribute greatly towards facilitating organizational development and an inclusive workplace environment as Norge Mineraler continually evolves.

Team

Erik Joa
Community Liaison Officer

Erik Joa holds a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Sciences and Engineering. He brings to Norge Mining comprehensive management experience from various positions within different sectors, including the global mining equipment industry. He has a wide field of interests, such as in nature and landscape. With strong engagement, integrity and a holistic approach, he always searches for the best win/win solutions. In the interest of all stakeholders, Erik will be at the forefront of Norge Mining’s communications with the Norwegian community – a hugely important role, given our commitment to transparency and good dialogue.

Pål Thjømøe
Geologist and Sustainable Business Solutions Manager

Pål has an education in economics, pedagogy and a Master’s in geology from Aarhus University. Worked since 1995 for Rieber & Søn ASA and NCC as geologist, laboratory manager, quality and HSE manager. Pål has worked with most quality and HSE standards. Then in 2005 started working as a project manager for the Business Manager in Dalane. Was central in the start-up of the Jøssingfjord Vitensenter and Magma Geopark AS projects. Has worked as general manager and project manager at Magma Geopark AS since the establishment of the company in 2009. Magma Geopark AS has been evaluated by UNECO and the Global Geopark Network four times and received a green card each time. Magma Geopark was granted UNESCO Global Geopark status in 2015 under Pål’s management. Through his 18 years of involvement in the geopark network and UNESCO, Pål has been project manager for more than 30 projects, including several larger EU projects with a focus on sustainability. Pål is an auditor for UNESCO and his greatest interest is sustainability and the circular economy.

Askil Bryn
Junior Geologist

Askil has a broad background in geology from the University of Bergen, University of Southampton and the University of Oslo. He has a master’s degree in Structural Geology & Tectonics, and started his career in Norge Mineraler AS, June 2021. Askil is part of the geological team that processes and logs drill cores from our projects. He is responsible for collecting hydrogeological data and will get further training and responsibility in the field of hydrogeology as the project transitions into new stages. Askil is an outgoing person that never misses an opportunity to socialize and contribute as Norge Minerals AS actively engages with students, locals and others who find our projects interesting.

Terje Lunde
Junior Geologist

Terje holds a geology degree from the University of Bergen. He started his career as a junior geologist at Norge Mineraler AS in 2020, at the ongoing project in the municipalities Eigersund, Bjerkreim, Lund and Hå. Main responsibilities included drill rig management, drill core processing and training of junior staff. From August 2022, Terje is the Project Manager for the Norge Mining Bømlo Project, where he is overseeing all logistics, operation procedures, stakeholder engagement, budgetary control, and drill rig management of the Project. Terje has ensured that the operation has proceeded in an efficient manner and with minimal environmental impact.

Eirik Skåra
Junior Geologist

Eirik took his degree in geology at the University of Bergen. After finishing his degree, he started working for Norge Mineraler AS in March 2020. In a short period of time, he has rapidly gained experience with core logging and drill production management. Eirik has been responsible for purchasing for the operation and logistics on the Bjerkreim project.

Kjetil Skrede
Junior Geologist

Kjetil has a Master’s Degree in Geology in Petroleum from NTNU, Norway and a Bachelor in Geology and Geohazards from HVL in Sogndal, Norway. After his studies he started his employment as a geological assistant in Norge Mineraler AS, September 2021, focussing on working with the drill cores at the company’s project sites. Kjetil also has a long experience in maritime industry, in addition to vocational school education in machinery. After Geology Studies at NTNY in 2012, Kjetil has worked as a sales of portable XRF and as Geologist in the Swedish mining industry.

Magne Often
Field Technician

Magne has worked on the projects of Norge Mineraler AS since August 2020, making him one of the first employees of the company. As geological assistant and now field technician, he has worked both with drill core processing and other various tasks at the company’s project sites. Magne has studied computer science at NTNU in Trondheim and has previously worked within the mining industry through Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani on Svalbard and an exploration project for cobalt in Skuterud, Norway with Berkut Minerals.

Inghild Bø Torvaldsen
Accountant

In September 2022, Inghild started working as an accountant at Norge Mineraler AS. She has a long and broad experience having worked for a long time in similar roles. She is above average fond of numbers and orders and has a desire to have as many digital solutions as possible that add value to the company.

Inghild works with the bookkeeping, her workplace is in Egersund, Norway.

Iren Omdal
Camp Manager

Iren started working as a chef for Norge Mineraler AS in January 2021. Iren is a trained auxiliary nurse and office worker, but has always been interested in cooking. She has previously worked in health care, and in recent years in schools and kindergardens. In August 2021, Iren was given the position of Camp Manager at Norge Mineraler AS, where she has the main responsibility for the camp at Heskestad. Iren is committed to making sure the food she cooks is good, just like at home. She does her best to meet everyone’s needs. Iren’s specialty is “Mama’s Wheat Pretzel”.

Marco Keersemaker
Mining and Validation Manager

From exploration to closure, Marco Keersemaker has more than 25 years’ experience in all aspects of mining, spanning a huge range of commodities. With responsibility for resource modelling, mine planning and design, operations, cost/ NPV modelling and benchmarking, the hands-on experience Marco brings to Norge Mining as Mine and Techno-Economic Modelling Manager is impressive. A former site and mine manager, he’s in tune with world-class standards in Health and Safety and operations. Among many others, he’s worked for BHP Billiton on projects in Guinea and Suriname. More recently, he’s been consulting for Aluminpro and teaching at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Building connections

Norge Mining’s in-house expertise is complemented by best-in-class partners including internationally recognised mining, sustainability, strategy and communications consultants. Some of these partners are listed below.

Affiliation: Partner

Bank of America’s Global Corporate and Investment Banking business provides integrated financial solutions, capital markets execution and transformative advice to over 12,000 clients, including most of the world’s biggest corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies.

Bank of America has a presence in 35 countries around the world, providing a global coverage model with industry, product, and country expertise.

Affiliation: Partner

SRK is an independent, international consultancy providing focused advice and solutions to clients, mainly in the earth and water resource industries. For mining projects, SRK offers services from exploration to mine closure. It’s specialists are leaders in fields such as due diligence, technical studies, mine waste and water management, permitting, and mine rehabilitation.

Affiliation: Partner

Buchanan is a London-based business communications consultancy focused on media, investor and stakeholder relations with ESG and creative services. Since 1997, Buchanan has been part of WPP plc, one of the world’s largest communications and advertising services businesses

Affiliation: Partner

Energold is a leading, global specialty drilling company. It operates 134 exploration drill rigs and has a worldwide presence with operations in Norway, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Affiliation: Partner

Nijsen & Partner AG is a Swiss-based consultancy for integral management and leadership systems. The focus is on quality management, environmental management and work health and safety management. Clients from a wide range of industries benefit from proven solutions with great added value.

Affiliation: Partner

The ICCF Group advances conservation by building political will within legislatures and among local political decision makers for better conservation of natural resources and in particular the management of protected areas. Its international track record in legislative outcomes, public-private partnerships, and land management demonstrates that its unique model is a cost-effective, sustainable tool to improve conservation governance.

Affiliation: Partner

TFI is the voice of the fertilizer industry, representing the public policy, communication, stewardship and sustainability and market intelligence needs of fertilizer producers, wholesalers and retailers as well as the businesses that support them with goods and services.

Affiliation: Partner

Flow Batteries Europe (FBE) represents flow battery stakeholders with a united voice to shape a long-term strategy for the flow battery sector. The Association helps to form the legal framework for flow batteries at the EU level, contributes to the EU decision-making process, as well as defines R&D priorities. FBE is governed by an Executive Board elected by the members of the General Assembly and has three committees that serve as a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities of the industry. FBE is working to create and reinforce networks between key actors in the flow battery sector, as well as advance the commercialisation and deployment of flow batteries at the EU and international levels.

Affiliation: Partner

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association – EMEA is a Barcelona-based regional think-tank that serves as a leading independent and innovative policy research institution; a forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in Mediterranean and Africa; and promoter of actions and initiatives that fulfil objectives of sustainability, inclusiveness, regional integration and prosperity.

Affiliation: Partner

Metier contributes to societal development through better projects. For 40 years, we have been dedicated to project management and project improvement, offering the broadest and deepest expertise in project-related fields in Norway. In recent years, we have experienced significant growth in digitalization and transformation. Our 250 employees serve over 600 clients from both the private and public sectors, encompassing organizations in areas such as healthcare, construction and engineering, justice, banking and finance, transportation, industry, and energy. We have now become a part of Tetra Tech, a global company with over 27,000 employees in 100 countries.

Affiliation: Partner

At Hatch, we embrace our client’s visions as our own and partner with them to develop ideas that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. Our global network of over 10,000 professionals work on the world’s toughest challenges, with experience spanning over 150 countries around the world in the metals, energy, and infrastructure sectors. We are “entrepreneurs with a technical soul.”

Affiliation: Partner

Norconsult is a leading Nordic interdisciplinary consulting firm combining engineering, architecture and digital expertise across projects of all sizes, for private and public customers in infrastructure, energy and industry, buildings and architecture. Headquartered in Sandvika, Norway, Norconsult’s delivery model is centered around knowledge hubs and local presence through approximately 6,000 employees across more than 130 offices in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Poland and Finland. The company’s extensive experience with public planning processes, environmental and social impact assessments, laws and regulations as well as authorities and stakeholder management, is valuable when Norconsult is to help Norge Mining in their ambition to become the most sustainable mining operation in Norway.

Affiliation: Membership

European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) aims to make Europe economically more resilient by diversifying its supply chains, creating jobs, attracting investments to the raw materials value chain, fostering innovation, training young talents and contributing to the best enabling framework for raw materials and the Circular Economy worldwide.

Affiliation: Membership

SAFE’s Center for Critical Minerals Strategy is dedicated to building secure, sustainable, and ethical supply chains for electric vehicle batteries in North America. To create these supply chains, both domestically and with our allies, the Center advocates for (1) securing responsible supply chains for critical minerals and materials necessary for the transportation, energy, and technology innovations of the future, (2) establishing a new social compact for responsible mineral production and processing both at home and among allies, and (3) promoting a thriving critical minerals-based economy within the United States for transportation, energy, and technology industries reliant upon critical minerals, including establishing marketplace for ethically and sustainably sourced goods.

Affiliation: Membership

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) was founded in 1927 and is the only global fertilizer association, with 480+ members in some 80 countries and a mission to promote the efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients. This mission plays a critical role in helping to feed the world sustainably. IFA represents providers of plant nutrition solutions. Members include fertilizer producers, traders and distributors, as well as their associations, service providers to the industry, research organizations, agtech start-ups and non-governmental organizations.

Aligning with global ambitions

Given the worldwide significance of our assets in Norway, we are using global principles to guide our operations. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an array of criteria against which every organisation can be measured. Of the 17 goals, there are at least seven with specific relevance to us. Below are these particular SDGs and how we pledge allegiance and align with to each one.

OUR PLEDGE

We aim to contribute to energy storage solutions for the world, with a large continuous supply of vanadium.

There is no affordable clean energy without viable storage capacity for renewables. V-flow batteries will play a vital role in our circular economies of the future. They are non-flammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles and have a lifespan of more than 20 years. We are excited to be a part of helping bring them to the world.

Our Pledge

WE HOPE TO FUEL A NASCENT INDUSTRY IN NORWAY, CREATING ECONOMIC WEALTH & JOBS.

Norway is a pro-mining country. As it diversifies from oil and gas, it’s looking to its other natural resources for income – and we are proud to be leading the charge on investigating vital minerals and metals in the region. All our work is carried out in a mindful way, that’s respectful to the surrounding people and the land.

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Our Pledge

As we support new industrial developments in Norway, we are part of an innovative revolution in green mining.

We are proving that mining can be clean and green, thanks to innovative ways of extracting materials from the ground with minimal impact on the land. We are also helping fuel a new industry in Norway, creating infrastructure for the economic benefit of its people and entirely new ways of exploring minerals that will propel our sustainable revolution forward.

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Our Pledge

WE ARE EXPLORING CRITICAL RAW MATERIALS THAT HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE WORLD FOR ALL.

We are investigating what we understand to be vast deposits of vanadium and phosphorus in Norway. These EU ‘Critical Raw Materials’ are needed for our lower carbon transition. Phosphate fertilisers provide a more natural way to help feed the world, while vanadium batteries are powerhouses when it comes to renewable energy storage.

OUR PLEDGE

By making phosphate and vanadium more readily available, we can help to build a more sustainable world.

Nitrogen-based fertilisers trigger the release of nitrous oxide (N2O) – a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It’s particularly potent as it’s over 300 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. While lithium-ion batteries contain toxic heavy metals and are hard to recycle. They are part of a chain of irresponsible consumption and production. Natural phosphate fertilisers and long-lasting vanadium batteries help solve these conundrums.

Our Pledge

WE DON’T JUST ADVOCATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE; WE ARE TAKING ACTION.

Climate action is at the heart of what we do. We are investigating raw minerals that are on the European Union’s Critical Raw Material list, because they are vital to our greener future, but their supply is at risk. Vanadium batteries will be able to store the vast quantities of renewable energy – needed in the move away from carbon. While phosphate fertilisers are the most natural way to feed our ever-growing global population.

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Our Pledge

We commit to minimising our operational impacts whilst preserving, protecting and restoring the environment that we affect.

While we need to drill holes in the ground to extract Critical Raw Materials needed for a greener future, we will also invest in a renaturation programme and no chemicals will be used in our investigations. We will also minimise any impact to the land and its biodiversity, by carrying out extensive aero-magnetic surveys before we go underground. We are in touch with the local green party and all surrounding communities.

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