IBA evaluation with True North Gems Greenland

The IBA for True North Gems Greenland’s ruby mine was signed on 16 June 2014 by True North Gems Greenland(TNGG), the Municipality of Sermersooq and the Government of Greenland in Qeqertarsuatsiaat. More than a year has passed and the three parties to the IBA are very pleased to publish the first evaluation and monitoring report. The report shows that the ruby mine contributes to the development of the Greenlandic mining industry and to Greenlandic society.

The Mayor of the Municipality of Sermersooq, Asii Chemnitz Narup, says: “I am very proud that the project has employed so many of my fellow countrymen and used so many local companies from the Municipality of Sermersooq. I interpret this as an expression of the strong local engagement that True North Gems Greenland has demonstrated during the construction phase. The municipality looks forward to a continuation of this excellent collaboration in the coming years.” 

“I am very pleased that in the first year True North Gems Greenland has managed to only use Greenlandic manpower and that they have used many Greenlandic companies. I hope that the hitherto good results from TNGG can inspire other mining companies to do an extra effort in order to secure Greenlandic employment. This has only been achieved due to a specific dedication and commitment from True North Gems Greenland”, says Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister of Industry, Labour, Trade and Foreign Affairs, and adds that “The Government of Greenland looks forward to continued collaboration with True North Gems Greenland and the Municipality of Sermersooq, and it is my hope that the project will continue to demonstrate the same local engagement throughout its lifetime,”

Bent Olsvig Jensen ,Managing Director of True North Gems Greenland, expresses his experience of the first year with the following words: “I am very proud that our local engagement has managed to make the project a Greenlandic mining project and with it to realise our vision of developing the mine in collaboration with our fellow Greenlandic citizens.”  

Good reading!

True North Gems Greenland               Municipality of Sermersooq                         The Government of Greenland


Monitoring & Evaluation Report


The IBA with updated appendices applicable for 2016 is being translated into Greenlandic. It will be published as soon as the translation of the appendices is available.


For further information, please contact:

Municipality of Sermersooq: Director Grethe Nielsen,  Tel + 299 368 160 & e-mail grni@sermersooq.gl

Government of Greenland (Ministry of Industry, Labour and Trade): Deputy Minister Jørn Skov Nielsen, Mobile +299 55 61 88

True North Gems Greenland A/S: Managing Director Bent Olsvig Jensen, Cell +299 499 599


Photo: Bjarke De Renouard