Katanga resumes cobalt exports

Katanga Mine Limited, a subsidiary of Glencore AG, will resume exports and sales of limited quantities of cobalt from its Kamoto mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as announced on Monday.

In November, the company had temporarily suspended export and sales of cobalt after high levels of uranium were found – well above the acceptable export limit permitted by the main African ports.

In partnership with the DRC government and the Congolese Atomic Energy Agency, Katanga has been working on a long-term technical solution in the form of an ion exchange plant.

At $25 million, the plant is intended to remove uranium from the cobalt produced at Kamoto.

According to Katanga, an estimated 930 tons of compliant cobalt had been produced since January 2019.

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