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The following are the ten largest cobalt mines by production across the world in 2022, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. Metalkol RTR Project

The Metalkol RTR Project is a surface mine situated in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Owned by Eurasian Resources Group, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 57.06 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. Buy the profile here.

2. Tenke Fungurume Mine

Located in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Tenke Fungurume Mine is owned by CMOC Group. The surface mine produced an estimated 19 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. The mine will operate until 2047. Buy the profile here.

3. Sicomines Copper-Cobalt Mine

The Sicomines Copper-Cobalt Mine is a surface mine located in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Owned by China Railway Group, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 17.41 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. Buy the profile here.

4. KOV Mine

Owned by Glencore Plc, the KOV Mine is a surface mine situated in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The brownfield mine produced an estimated 13.48 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. Buy the profile here.

5. Mutanda Mine

The Mutanda Mine is a surface mine situated in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Owned by Glencore Plc, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 11.55 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. The mine is expected to operate until 2041. Buy the profile here.

6. Mashamba East Mine

The Mashamba East Mine is a surface mine situated in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Owned by Glencore Plc, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 9.9 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. Buy the profile here.

7. Etoile Mine

Located in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Etoile Mine is owned by Shalina Resources. The surface mine produced an estimated 6.29 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. Buy the profile here.

8. Ruashi Mine

The Ruashi Mine is a surface mine located in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Owned by Jinchuan Group, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 5.21 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. The mine will operate until 2028. Buy the profile here.

9. Weda Bay Project

Owned by Tsingshan Holding Group, the Weda Bay Project is a surface mine situated in Maluku, Indonesia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 4.36 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2069. Buy the profile here.

10. Moa Joint Venture Project

The Moa Joint Venture Project is a surface mine situated in Holguin, Cuba. Owned by Sherritt International, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 3.55 thousand tonnes of cobalt in 2022. The mine is expected to operate until 2040. Buy the profile here.

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