Who owns Congo cobalt mines? However, Cobalt is a unique commodity because it’s primarily controlled by only two countries: China and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC supplies about 70 percent of the world’s Cobalt, but 80% of its industrial cobalt mines are owned or financed by Chinese companies.
Who controls the mines in Congo? Chinese investors control about 70% of Congo’s mining sector, according to Congo’s chamber of mines, after snapping up lucrative projects from Western companies in recent years.
Where does most cobalt come from? With the exception of production in Morocco and artisanally mined cobalt in Congo (Kinshasa), most cobalt is mined as a byproduct of copper or nickel. China was the world’s leading producer of refined cobalt, most of which it produced from partially refined cobalt imported from Congo (Kinshasa).
Does China have cobalt? It noted that China Moly had planned to produce between 17,500 tonnes and 20,500 tonnes of cobalt this year, compared with 18,500 tonnes in 2021. “That supply chain is already stressed as demand for cobalt is pretty good,” Caspar Rawles, chief data officer at Benchmark, said.