SALMON (KIVI TV) — An opening ceremony was held Friday for a new cobalt mine near Salmon which represents a significant day for the domestic supply chain of the metal.
Australian mining company Jervois Global Limited officially opened operations, but the mine won’t be operating at full capacity until the first quarter of 2023, according to Matt Lengerich, Executive General Manager of Idaho Cobalt Operations.
“When we come up to full operations, we will produce about 2000 tons of cobalt in concentrate each year. So that’s enough for roughly 400,000 electric vehicles,” Lengerich said.
The mine is located on U.S. Forest Service land about 40 miles west of Salmon and is on track to be the only primary cobalt operation in the country.
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