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Unlocking the Potential of Deep Sea Mining: A Conversation with Oliver Gunasekara, CEO of Impossible Metals

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In this episode we chat to Oliver Gunasekara, CEO of Impossible Metals, whose missions is to preserve the deep ocean ecology while we unlock the potential of seabed critical metals, accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. We have built an underwater robot which selectively pick up these battery rocks without harming the environment.

Oliver is a business leader with thirty+ years experience, encompasses three of the major technology trends: mobile computing, cloud computing, and multimedia technologies. He discuss Impossible Metals’ approach to deep sea mining – using underwater vehicles that collect metals critical for EV batteries without harming the seabed ecosystem. Great episode for those that would like to know more about deepsea mining.


  • Impossible Metals is a technology startup focused on deep sea mining, with a mission to preserve the deep ocean ecology while extracting critical metals for sustainable energy.
  • They have developed advanced autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that can collect battery rocks from the seabed without harming the ecosystem.
  • The company is committed to environmental sustainability and aims to minimize sediment disturbance, noise, and light pollution in their mining operations.
  • They collaborate with marine scientists and environmental organizations to gather input and conduct research to better understand and mitigate the impact of deep sea mining.
  • Impossible Metals emphasizes transparency in their operations and plans to provide detailed information, including video data, for each ton of material collected. They also support the idea of a battery passport to track the extraction and utilization of metals.


"We desperately need these metals... We need 500% more mining to get these transition metals to get to net zero." 

"What if we could replace all of that with the seabed?... I feel very good about what we're doing." 

"We are trying to show people that Deep Sea Minerals has a great opportunity here... We can do it with the lowest cost." 

"We're about to test what we call Eureka 2 in the deep ocean... We will be only the second company in the last 50 years to achieve that."


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Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.




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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics. 

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