Paul has a BE(Chem) from University of Newcastle and has been working in mining for 15 years. He is the technology manager for the Hydrometallurgy and Pyrometallurgy business units at Glencore Technology. The Hydrometallurgy business unit is centred around the Albion Process which is a simple and robust atmospheric leaching process for refractory gold and base metals. The Pyrometallurgy business unit is centred around the ISASMELT which is a high intensity smelting process for primary base and secondary metals.
Opportunities for growth in cobalt through technology
Glencore is one of the world’s leading producers of cobalt – a metal in rising demand thanks to its use in batteries for electric vehicles and portable electronics. We produce cobalt mainly as a by-product of copper mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but also as a by-product of nickel mining in Australia and Canada. We are also one of the largest recyclers and processors of cobalt-bearing materials, such as used batteries – helping secure the supply of the metal at a time of increasing demand.
Cobalt price has grown with demand and in turn interest to bring on-line additional production capacity to capture this opportunity. An overview of the Glencore cobalt-producing assets and the opportunities there are presented.