Zurich (GPA) – Glencore will stop delivering cobalt from a mine to the Democratic Republic of Congo until further notice after traces of uranium and radioactivity have been found in the material. Cobalt is exploited at Kamoto Mining, a 75% subsidiary of Katanga Mining.
Uranium share of cobalt hydroxide was above acceptable levels for export and delivery to customers, Katanga said on Tuesday. Low levels of radioactive radiation pose no health or safety hazards, he said.
Funding in the mine will continue. It is currently studying where the traces of uranium originate. In addition, the company plans to build a deionization plant to clean uranium material. The plant will be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2019, subject to the necessary authorizations. Until commissioning, the company expects negative effects on cobalt production figures.
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