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COBALT: eCobalt readies Idaho cobalt project for construction



Construction for the concentrator pad at the Idaho Cobalt Project. (Image: Dahle Construction)

IDAHO –  eCobalt Solutions of Vancouver is ramping up pre-construction activities at its 100% Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP) near the town of Salmon. The project is the only permitted primary cobalt mine in the United States.

eCobalt says portions of the water treatment plant supplied by Veolia Water Technologies have begun to arrive. The plant will treat both underground mine water and runoff from the dry stacked tailings facility. The plant boasts a small footprint and the ability to remove both metals and nitrogen before discharge.

Additional work at the project is well underway. Construction contracts have been awarded for water management ponds, building pads for the mill and water treatment plant, earthworks and concrete, a fuel island, gravel haulage, and potable water wells.

Engineering for the roaster design, as specified in the optimized feasibility study, is progressing. The work will benefit from pilot tests using Dundee Sustainable Technologies’ arsenic vitrification process. Surface construction equipment continues to arrive at the site. Finally, eCobalt has begun to transition environmental monitoring from pre-construction to the operational monitoring schedule.

Some of the job opportunities at ICP are listed at www.IdahoCobalt.com.