Glencore in ‘no rush’ to bring Mutanda copper-cobalt mine back online - Glasenberg

Glencore will not rush to bring its Mutanda copper-cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) back into production ahead of an increase in demand from the electric vehicle sector, and while cobalt prices are low, chief executive officer Ivan Glasenberg said during an investor call earlier today.

Mutanda was put on care and maintenance for at least two years at the end of November 2019 following a slump in cobalt prices. Glencore also cited negotiations with the DRC government on the country's mining code and investments in sulfide processing.
But cobalt prices will be key to determining the timing of a restart.

“[Mutanda] is actually mostly sensitive to cobalt prices not copper prices. It’s a mix of revenue, and maybe it’s about 50-50 whereas you’ve got other operations that are more geared towards copper, so cobalt is...

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Charlotte Radford

August 06, 2020

15:56 GMT

London