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Electra inks deal with Glencore to produce EV battery-grade cobalt

The Canadian Press   

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Deal part of Toronto firm’s objective to become first North American cobalt sulfate refinery.

Electra Battery Materials hopes to turn its northern Ontario facility into the first battery-grade cobalt refinery in North America.
(Photo credit: Electra Battery Materials Corp.)

TORONTO – Electra Battery Materials Corp. says it has signed a five-year cobalt tolling contract with mining giant Glencore to produce a low carbon, battery grade cobalt product for the electric vehicle market.

The Toronto-based company says it also amended its previous five-year cobalt hydroxide feed purchase agreement with Glencore.

Electra (formerly First Cobalt) says the Canadian-made cobalt sulfate will be marketed as a premium product that is sustainably mined and refined with renewable hydroelectric power.

It says its battery-grade cobalt sulfate is expected to command a premium above normal market prices, with production slated to begin in late 2022.


Trent Mell, Electra’s chief executive officer, says the deal with the world’s largest cobalt miner is a validation of the company’s strategy.

He says partnering with Glencore will establish the company’s traceable and low carbon cobalt sulfate product as a premium brand in the electric vehicle market.

The deal is part of Electra’s objective to establish a North American low-carbon battery materials park in northern Ontario that will include battery-grade nickel and cobalt refining, battery recycling and precursor manufacturing.


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