- Surge in electric vehicles is fueling global demand for cobalt, a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries
- Automakers are leading the charge in seeking a stable cobalt supply
- Cobalt stocks are a bright spot for investors as the commodity’s price is projected to rise
First Cobalt Corp. (TSX.V: FCC) (OTCQB: FTSSF), based in Canada, is building the largest pure-play cobalt exploration company in the world. The company is generating significant interest in the mining industry and among investors, as it holds one of only four fully-permitted cobalt extraction refineries in Canada. Upon completion of two mergers currently underway with Cobalt One Ltd. and CobalTech Mining Inc., First Cobalt will control over 10,000 hectares of prospective land and 50 historic mining operations in the region. Company management is already hosting tours of the property and explaining First Cobalt’s business strategy to mine high-grade cobalt within the historically productive sites (http://dtn.fm/urIW4).
First Cobalt’s current land package includes 4,300 hectares in an historic mining camp located north of Toronto and south of Cobalt, Ontario, which will grow to more than 10,000 hectares after the mergers close. Within the property lines is the Keeley-Frontier mine, along with the Drummond, Silver Banner, and Bellellen mines, which formerly produced over 3.3 million pounds of cobalt and 19.1 million ounces of silver. First Cobalt’s president and chief executive officer Trent Mell believes the mine that was shuttered many years ago is primed for rediscovery.
“Finding evidence of cobalt mineralization in an area previously believed to be barren is positive news but not a surprise, as this historic camp has seen very little exploration over the past 50 years,” Mell stated last week in a press release. “We are very encouraged to see the polymetallic nature of the mineralization across the Cobalt Camp, as this suggests that a broader hydrothermal system exists beyond the historically mined veins. This is a geologically complex, target-rich land package that will require further interpretation and I am proud of our team’s progress in our first six months.”
Continuing the company’s push to share its vision with investors, First Cobalt’s management team will be presenting at two conferences including the Precious Metals Summit in Zurich and the Eight Capital Battery Conference in Toronto. First Cobalt’s vice president of exploration, Dr. Frank Santaguida, is a featured speaker at the Precious Metals Summit, while Mell, a mining executive and capital markets professional with extensive international transactional experience, will speak at the Toronto conference.
Due to the strong increase in cobalt demand, many industry experts are predicting the vital metal’s growth pattern will continue at an average rate of approximately five percent per annum for the next 10 years. Numerous countries around the world have stated an intention to ditch gas and diesel cars in favor of clean technology vehicles – which means the electric and hybrid vehicle industry needs a steady supply of rechargeable batteries. Accordingly, several battery makers are seeking out a steady supply of cobalt by investing in mining companies as the demand for electric vehicles soars (http://dtn.fm/m7yzF).
First Cobalt Corp. has implemented a quality-control program and is already introducing all data from recent drilling results, geophysical and geochemical surveys, along with other pertinent data taken from the summer-fall mapping at the Keeley-Frontier property, into a 3D geological model to be used for the next phase of exploration work. Other nearby prospects in the Silver Center area have also been mapped and sampled to evaluate their potential.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.FirstCobalt.com
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