Commissioning of part certainly one of First Cobalt’s low-carbon hydrometallurgical refinery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022, concentrating on annual manufacturing of 25,000 tonnes of cobalt sulphate yearly
As soon as operational, First Cobalt’s refinery would be the solely producer of battery-grade cobalt for the North American electrical car (EV) market, able to supplying over 1 million automobiles per yr, responding to robust and rising demand.
Metso Outotec’s resolution includes the most recent developments in solvent extraction when it comes to modular design, course of management and ease of set up and startup. The set up time of the modular mixer-settlers can be 30% lower than typical gear used at different tasks. Along with the discount in web site set up time, the footprint wanted for the chosen plant gear is lower than typical solvent extraction gear.
Part one deployment of First Cobalt’s three-phase method to market entry will concentrate on processing cobalt hydroxide to supply a high-quality, sustainable and traceable battery-grade cobalt sulphate.
(This text first appeared within the Canadian Mining Journal)