Extracting success

Metso Outotec has signed an agreement with the Canadian battery materials company First Cobalt Corporation to deliver Planet Positive solvent extraction technology to its cobalt refinery expansion in Ontario


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.