First Cobalt to raise $45m for Ontario refinery reopening

The company says the refinery will be able to produce either cobalt sulphate for the lithium-ion battery market or cobalt metal for industrial, military or aerospace industries.  The plant will produce 25,000 tonnes of cobalt sulphate per year, an amount equal to %5 of all cobalt produced around the globe.

First Cobalt is also engaged in several cobalt exploration projects. The North, Central and South projects near Cobalt, Ontario, host historic silver-cobalt producers. A technical report on these properties was completed in 2018.

Also of interest is the Iron Creek cobalt project in Lemhi County, Idaho. First Cobalt drilled the property and produced a resource estimate in 2019 that pegged indicated resources at 2.2 million tonnes grading 0.26% cobalt and 0.61% copper. Inferred resources add 2.7 million tonnes at 0.22% cobalt and 0.68% copper. Material from this source may be treated at the refinery in Canada.

(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)

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