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Cobalt (The next Uranium), Discussion
blacksheep
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Eurasian Resources is said to weigh sale of Congo mining assets
Bloomberg News | July 19, 2019

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ERG, which mines copper and cobalt in DRC, has been reviewing its investments and has already sold assets valued at about $1 billion, according to its website. The company is a major producer of cobalt, a material used in rechargeable batteries powering iPhones and Tesla cars, though it’s had to grapple with a supply glut and declining prices. Congo produced 72% of the world’s supply of cobalt last year.


read more - https://www.mining.com/web/eurasian-resourc...-mining-assets/



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blacksheep
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Surge in battery nickel use is more bad news for cobalt price
Frik Els | July 10, 2019

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Battery metals tracker Adamas Intelligence says electric vehicle manufacturers deployed 57% more nickel in passenger EV batteries in May this year compared to 2018.

The Toronto-based research company, which tracks EV registrations and battery chemistries in more than 80 countries says the nickel metal equivalent used in lithium-ion batteries (primarily in the form of nickel sulphate) increased by 69% whereas the amount used in nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries (primarily in the form of nickel hydroxide and AB5 nickel-REE alloy) increased 26%.

THE DEPLOYMENT OF NICKEL IS OUTPACING THE GROWTH OF THE OVERALL EV BATTERY MARKET

The deployment of nickel also outpaced the growth of the EV market overall. In May this year, total passenger EV battery capacity deployed globally was 48% higher year-on-year according to Adamas data.

Nickel’s inroads is due to shifting chemistries of nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) battery cathodes.


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Nickel touched $13,000 a tonne for the first time since April on Wednesday. The price is up just over 19% in 2019 as the EV boom creates additional demand and primary use of the metal today – stainless steel production – continues to grow.

Cobalt is now worth $28,000 a tonne after peaking at $95,000 little more than a year ago as miners in the Congo – responsible for two-thirds of output – ramp up production.

https://www.mining.com/surge-in-battery-nic...r-cobalt-price/



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nipper
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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Apr 4 2019, 11:05 AM

And, for what it's worth, First Cobalt FCC will delist from the ASX by mid June.



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German carmaker BMW will buy cobalt, a key component for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, directly from mines in Australia and Morocco to ensure they are not produced by child labour, an executive said on Tuesday..

Andreas Wendt, BMW board member responsible for procurement, told a briefing in Paris that the new supply of cobalt would be used in the carmaker's next generation of EVs in 2020.

The world’s largest known reserves of cobalt are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the raw ingredient is often mined by small, artisanal operations and supply chains are not strictly monitored.

BMW said last year it was exploring ways to improve working conditions for mining cobalt in Congo through a pilot project.



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"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
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for what its worth, First Cobalt Corp. - ASX: FCC; TSX-V: FCC; OTCQX: FTSSF - has successfully produced a battery grade cobalt sulfate using the First Cobalt Refinery flowsheet.

This .... brings the Company closer to recommissioning the only permitted primary cobalt refinery in North America; discussions currently underway with automotive companies, cobalt miners and capital providers [to] now move to a more advanced stage.
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Highlights
• Product assayed 20.8% cobalt, surpassing the reference grade for sulfate pricing
• Product classified as “high purity”, achieving over 99.9% purity
• Test work carried out in single batches, offering opportunity to improve product specifications to meet offtake partner requirements through process optimization
• Potential to produce up to 2,000 tonnes of cobalt in product pa as the process excluded use of autoclave circuit, allowing for increase in plant throughput

- SP for FCC is up 30% this morning



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"Every long-term security is nothing more than a claim on some expected future stream of cash that will be delivered into the hands of investors over time. For a given stream of expected future cash payments, the higher the price investors pay today for that stream of cash, the lower the long-term return they will achieve on their investment over time." - Dr John Hussman

"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
blacksheep
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How the cobalt market fell victim to allure of electric cars
Bloomberg News
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Cobalt prices were surging so much last year that thieves were carrying out elaborate heists at warehouses in Europe’s busiest port. Now, prices are in free fall and mining companies are taking the financial hit.

The story of what happened is the classic boom-bust in commodities. In the case of cobalt, it was Elon Musk’s vision of electric cars gaining mass appeal and an ensuing rush of money to bet that the world will need a lot more cobalt, a critical component of lithium-ion batteries.

Adding to the allure was a widely-held view that cobalt supply is constrained. Geologically speaking, the metal isn’t rare, but almost exclusively produced as a byproduct of copper and nickel mining. The idea that more cobalt supply depended on higher prices for those metals turned out to be a myth.

Instead, the surge in cobalt prices triggered a boom in supply from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prices have plunged more than 60 percent from a peak in April 2018, to $15.88 a pound, according to Fastmarkets MB.

Here are four charts that tell how the bubble burst
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read more - http://www.mining.com/web/cobalt-market-fe...-electric-cars/

One ASX company - who at least is telling the cobalt story as it currently is - CLA, is slowing the evaluation of their project "until such time as the cobalt price improves markedly from current levels" Others continue in hype mode, while yet others who hyped the cobalt price on the way up remain silent on the way down sadsmiley02.gif

CLA SP plunged 65% on the open



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An opinion piece by Andy Home - extract
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Last year it was the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year it is Zambia.

Both African countries have driven through draconian changes to their mineral tax regimes, overcoming the entrenched opposition of some of the world’s biggest mining houses.

Both are betting that the world’s need for their resources, particularly copper and cobalt, will keep the tax receipts flowing.

Right now, however, the push for a greater share of the wealth lying beneath the African Copperbelt is causing supply-chain disruption for both copper and cobalt.

read more - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-m...e-idUSKCN1QG04X



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blacksheep
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ERG will suspend copper, cobalt output at Congo mine this month
Bloomberg News | about 5 hours ago |

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The company plans to dismiss 2,700 workers and the conditions of their departure are being negotiated, according to the person familiar with the matter.

Boss is a joint venture between ERG, which owns 51 percent of the Lubumbashi-based company, and state-owned Gecamines. Albert Yuma, the president of Gecamines, didn’t answer calls and emails seeking comment. Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu said in an email he didn’t have any official information about Boss’s closing.

Yuma has repeatedly criticized Gecamines’ existing partnerships as too generous to international mining companies, yielding minimal benefits to the government and state miner in the form of profit taxes and dividends.

http://www.mining.com/web/erg-will-suspend...ngo-mine-month/

Glencore to cut output, jobs at copper, cobalt mine in Congo – WSJ
Reuters | about 8 hours ago |
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Glencore Plc is planning to cut production at one of its largest copper and cobalt mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Wall Street Journal reported citing sources on Tuesday.

The output cut is likely to be temporary as the company looks for new ways to mine copper, the report said.

The company also plans to lay off about 2,000 employees, mostly contractors, at the Mutanda mine in the Katanga province, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

http://www.mining.com/web/glencore-cut-out...mine-congo-wsj/




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blacksheep
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Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution
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“It could be that, as a mining sector, we’re worse off than when we were under Kabila,” said one mining operator, who asked not to be identified. “There may be some improvements, but we’re not counting on it.”

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Five mining executives contacted by Reuters said they were not yet operating on the assumption that Tshisekedi’s win would be validated by the Kabila-appointed Constitutional Court and expected the outgoing president to fight to keep his stranglehold on the sector. None wanted to speak on the record.

Companies could find themselves caught in the crossfire of turf wars over ministry jobs and positions in the bureaucracy, not knowing who is really in charge.

“There are always people you have to sway if you want a contract or a mining permit,” Stearns said. “At the top, these are Kabila’s people. That’s now going to be in a state of flux that, I think, is going to last months.”


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-el...n-idUSKCN1P70DR



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Too early to bet on mining policy change: Congo vote reaction
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In a surprise twist, Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner of last month’s presidential election, although his victory is being marred by claims by a rival that the poll was rigged.

The African country is the world’s main supplier of battery ingredient cobalt and a key source of minerals from copper to tantalum. That means miners, analysts and users of the metals — which range from carmakers to mobile-phone companies — will be keeping a close watch on what happens next.

The prospective change of administration may spur optimism among mining investors including Glencore Plc and Barrick Gold Corp. that they can reverse elements of a fiercely disputed new industry code that raised royalties and added taxes.

Here are some initial reactions, to be updated throughout the day:

Verisk Maplecroft: Unknown Entity for Miners
The results are preliminary so “many mining investors will likely hold off for the next two to three months at minimum to see how the transition period plays out,” said lead Congo analyst Indigo Ellis. “Tshisekedi quite openly argued on the campaign trail that hikes to tax and royalty rates in the new mining code had gone too far, going as far as to call them “anti-investment,” yet his powers to introduce pro-investor measures are likely to be constrained, at least initially.”

Barrick Gold: Too early to say
“It’s a bit early to say; we think the election process proceeded smoothly, and it’s good to see the results have been announced and people have accepted, it means there is a democratic process that’s working and that’s the positive,” said Chief Financial Officer Graham Shuttleworth. “Tshisekedi is an experienced politician but you must remember in the Congo, government is not just one political party, it’s a coalition.” “One of the most important positions will be one of mines minister, the current one may not be there going forward, but it’s too early to say.”

Africa Risk Consulting: Mining policy shift unlikely
There has been speculation that the announcement of Tshisekedi’s victory could be part of a deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila, which means that the new president may not challenge the status quo, said senior analyst Shawn Robert Duthie. “I don’t expect major changes to DRC’s mining policies as Tshisekedi will unlikely be willing to undo much of what the previous administration has done.”

RBC Capital Markets: Possibility for mining code revision
“A chance for the DRC to eventually emerge from a period of significant corruption and changes to the mining code,” said mining analyst Tyler Broda. The end of Kabila’s leadership “could potentially see a revision of the contested mining code from last year.”

Liberum Capital: Supply risks
Congo is a “hugely important region for copper and cobalt, and this result could cause disruption to output,” depending the response of the influential Catholic church, said analyst Ben Davis. However, copper and cobalt prices “would likely rise globally to offset this impact.”

BMO Capital Markets: Potential for disruption lowered
The results “will be seen as a surprise after the protracted delay in counting,” said mining analyst Colin Hamilton. “This should lessen potential for civil unrest and potential disruption to copper and cobalt shipments from the country.”

(By Felix Njini, Elena Mazneva and Thomas Biesheuvel)

http://www.mining.com/web/early-bet-mining...-vote-reaction/



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