The First Cobalt Refinery is a hydrometallurgical cobalt refinery in Ontario, Canada. It is located in close proximity to the largest auto manufacturing centres in North America - 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.
With permits and building infrastructure already in place, the First Cobalt Refinery will be operational as early as 2021.
Once operational, the Refinery will produce 25,000 tonnes of battery-grade cobalt sulfate per annum, representing more than 5 per cent of all cobalt produced around the world.
First Cobalt would become the only North American producer of refined cobalt for the North American EV market.
Cobalt sulfate produced using First Cobalt Refinery flowsheet
Aerial image of the exterior of the First Cobalt Refinery buildings