Ecuador eyes ferromanganese market “near the Galapagos Islands”

24 August 2021
Sao Paulo
Steel Orbis

Figure 7.41. Photo taken by China’s manned submersible Jiaolong on 3 July 2013 shows iron–manganese deposits in the SCS (Huaiyang Zhou, personal communication).

The Ecuadorian government is considering exploring ferromanganese near the Galapagos Islands, according to a media report by Expreso.

The media report said an Ecuadorian multi-ministry committee was preparing a presentation to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in New York to expand the country’s continental platform near Galapagos to explore the ferroalloy.

The presentation is expected for year-end. Ecuador first submitted a presentation in 2020, in a moving to explore the product. Currently, the Ecuadorian government is drafting documents to advance the project’s exploration.

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