First Cobalt to Present Refinery Opportunity at Shanghai Conference
TORONTO, ON — (April 8, 2019) – First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC, ASX: FCC, OTCQX: FTSSF) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce President & CEO, Trent Mell will be presenting at the Fastmarkets MB Battery Materials 2019 conference in Shanghai, China this week.
In conjunction with this conference, Mr. Mell will be meeting with a number of potential investors to discuss restart scenarios for the First Cobalt Refinery in Ontario, Canada. Conference participants include some of the world’s largest cobalt miners, battery makers and electric vehicle companies.
Trent Mell, President & Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“Asia is the most important hub for electric vehicle investment today – China’s EV sales are anticipated to grow from just over 500,000 units in 2018 to over 5 million by 2025, while North American companies such as Tesla are in the process of building new factories in Shanghai. As we have now demonstrated the First Cobalt Refinery can produce battery grade material, I look forward to advancing discussing with potential partners.”
On April 3, 2019, the Company announced that it successfully produced a high purity battery grade cobalt sulfate using the First Cobalt Refinery flowsheet. The First Cobalt Refinery is a hydrometallurgical cobalt refinery in Ontario, Canada, approximately 600 kilometres from the U.S. border, accessible by road or rail.
The First Cobalt Refinery has the potential to produce either a cobalt sulfate for the lithium-ion battery market or cobalt metal for the North American aerospace industry or other industrial and military applications. Once operational, the Refinery would become the only North American producer of refined cobalt for the North American EV market.
About First Cobalt
First Cobalt is a Canadian-based pure-play cobalt company and owner of the only permitted primary cobalt refinery in North America. The Company is exploring a restart of the First Cobalt Refinery in Ontario, Canada, which could produce 2,000 tonnes of cobalt sulfate or metallic cobalt per year. First Cobalt’s main cobalt project is the Iron Creek Cobalt Project in Idaho, USA, which has Inferred mineral resources of 26.9 million tonnes grading 0.11% cobalt equivalent, or an alternative underground-only scenario of 4.4 million tonnes grading 0.3% cobalt equivalent.
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