The value of the order is approximately ten million euros. Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery includes the engineering and supply of a modular VSF®X solvent extraction plant. First Cobalt aims at producing 25,000 tonnes of traceable, high-quality, battery-grade cobalt sulfate annually. Its refinery in Ontario is currently the only permitted producer of battery-grade cobalt for the North American electric vehicle market.
“To date, we have sold almost 50 solvent extraction plants worldwide, 11 of which represent the proven modular VSF®X technology. This will be our first VSF®X solvent extraction plant in Canada,” says Mikko Rantaharju, Vice President, Hydrometallurgy, at Metso Outotec.