Together for a cleaner future

Our Strategy

Our ‘mine to battery markets’ strategy aims to provide a reliable supply of responsibly-sourced cobalt and other minerals essential to battery chemistry.

Find out more

Learn More

Smaller footprint, less impact

While the Broken Hill Cobalt Project will be one of the largest cobalt producers (ex-Africa) globally, its environmental impact will be relatively small. When it gets into full production, it will produce around ~4,000 tonnes of battery-grade cobalt annually. Yet, we will be mining a large, deep sulphide ore body. This means the mine’s footprint will be small. A comparable laterite mine would cover over 50 times the surface area.

Beyond the mine itself, the Broken Hill Cobalt Project’s process is generally benign and energy-efficient. We separate 80% of the waste from the ore at the first step of processing. Our refinery is therefore 1/5th the size of the mine. The refined waste and waste rock from mining will be emplaced into an Integrated Waste Landforms (IWLs) and not a tailings dam. IWLs are recognised as best practice for mine waste management.

Our electrical energy will be sourced from the National Electricity Market, which is increasing its proportion of renewables. Cobalt Blue is exploring options to connect to nearby renewable generators directly and have our own battery storage facility.

The production target and financial information/estimates derived from it were reported in the announcement titled ‘Broken Hill Cobalt Project (BHCP) Project Update 2020’ dated 16 July 2020. All the material assumptions underpinning the production target in the initial public report continue to apply and have not materially changed. There is a low level of geological confidence associated with inferred mineral resources and there is no certainty that further exploration work will result in the determination of indicated mineral resources or that the production target itself will be realised.

Look after the people

And the people will look after us.

We aim to develop and retain a residential workforce as part of our commitment to Broken Hill.

To achieve this, we are thinking in advance about legacy projects that will assist in attracting and retaining a population of workers and their families.

Already we have started working with other mining companies and local community leaders on strategic projects involving housing, childcare, and other liveability solutions.

We are also collaborating to develop pathways towards higher education, skills, and training to enable today’s youth to be job-ready tomorrow.

We look forward to further developing respectful relationships with local Aboriginal people – the Barkandji – to work in consultation, foster economic enhancement opportunities, and celebrate their rich cultural heritage.

Our workforce is our greatest asset. Therefore, we believe empowering our employees and supporting the communities where they live and work is a critical part of our operation.

As our business enjoys success, so will everyone connected to us: our staff, suppliers, their families, and community.

Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework

This is the third annual sustainability report that demonstrates how Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited is meeting the requirements of the Cobalt Institute Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF) and management tool for its Broken Hill Cobalt Project (‘BHCP’ or the ‘Project’), and emerging opportunities to source cobalt units from waste streams including historical mine tailings and battery

Cobalt Blue has prepared and committed to a number of policies and procedures which have a high degree of consistency with the various CIRAF risk categories. We look forward to progressively developing our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials as the Broken Hill Cobalt Project and other COB initiatives progress.

Download Framework

Passing the acid test

Most metallic mines around the world consume large amounts of sulphuric acid as a necessary part of their process. Most, but not ours.

A comparable nickel laterite mine, for example, would consume over 1 million tonnes of sulphuric acid. Once spent, the residue of this acid would be released into tailings or a waste facility.

The Broken Hill Cobalt Project will consume less than 1% of that amount of acid, which would be entirely consumed in the process, with zero residue.

Energy Prosumers vs. Energy Consumers

The rise of energy prosumers is having a transformative impact on the energy market, and they are indicating that energy consumption is now a 2-way street.

With the emergence of batteries and smarter technologies, consumers can now make more informed choices about energy usage and become energy producers and storers themselves. Known as ‘prosumers’, they produce a 2-way directional flow of power, feeding energy back into the grid.

Assisted by the growth in solar photovoltaic panels, smart meters, vehicle-to-grid electric vehicles, home batteries, and other ‘smart’ devices, prosumers can re-evaluate their energy practices and contribute to a greener world.

An ethical model for the world

Sadly, the Broken Hill Cobalt Project is unique. Sadly, because as our dependence on digital and electronic products grows, so does our demand for unethical cobalt.

However, as our world inevitably switches to renewable energy, we also want it to switch to ethical cobalt in batteries.

The Broken Hill Cobalt Project is proving it can be done. Broken Hill, a mining city of fewer than 20,000 people in remote and regional Australia, is indicating to the entire world the model of how it might be done.