Britishvolt secures cobalt supply from Glencore

Britishvolt has signed a long-term cobalt supply agreement with Mining Company Glencore. The deal will secure a steady Cobalt Supply for Battery making. As part of the deal, the commodities group is also investing in the budding battery cell manufacturer.

As of today there are no concrete figures about the deal. The deal underlines the “need for strategic partnerships between commodity and battery manufacturers on the path to net zero emissions”, Britishvolt writes in the statement. Glencore makes similar comments in its announcement and also does not provide details.

“By partnering with Glencore, we are locking in supply and derisking the project,” says Britishvolt CEO Orral Nadjari. “Cobalt is a key ingredient in electric vehicle batteries and knowing that we are being supplied with responsibly produced cobalt is a signal to the market that we are living by our values.”

On the proposed battery factory, Britishvolt repeats familiar data in the announcement of the Glencore deal: The project in Blyth, Northumberland, is to be built in three phases of ten GWh each, reaching full capacity of 30 GWh by the end of 2027. Then 3,000 people are to work in the factory.

David Brocas, Head Cobalt Trader at Glencore, added: “The UK has a unique legacy of automotive innovation and Britishvolt’s ambition to power the next generation of mobility will add to this rich history.”

Britishvolt Gigafactory Rendering

Construction of the factory will begin by the end of 2021. Production of the battery cells scheduled to start in 2023. The cells produced there will be “mainly” for the automotive industry. It is not yet known which cell chemistry and formats will be built in Blyth – but in view of the Glencore deal, it will not be a cobalt-free cell chemistry.

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