Greenland considers selling its glaciers for fancy water

strokkurCanadians will soon be drinking water that originated in Greenland now that the government has granted permission to a Canadian company to pursue a plan to fish for ice from its glaciers. Iceberg Canada Corporation will soon begin exploring ways to harvest ice from the Qoqqup Sermia glacier near Narsaq and the Narsap Sermia glacier near Nuuk; and if the government likes their proposal they will get the green light.The company will then process the pure glacial ice into drinking water for Canadians with an urge to drink something exotic. Iceberg Canada Corporation already produces fancy drinking water made from icebergs off the Newfoundland coast, but wants to get closer to original sources by tapping into Greenland’s glaciers.

Sermitsiaq reports the arrangement between the new Greenlandic government and the Canadian water company is only for 18 months. After that period, the Department of Trade will consider whether to extend the deal or not. Iceberg Canada Corporation is one of only four businesses planning to export ice and water from Greenland. But the Department of Trade told Sermitsiaq it has received two new applications to harvest glacial ice and spring water from Greenland.

“We are now inviting the companies here to show them around. We have begun creating information resources for the interested companies, detailing the rules for setting up business, paying taxes and wages, etc. The information could be used by potential investors in both this and other fields,” said Ms. Jensen, who works in the Department of Trade.

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