Global Energy Metals highlights electrification of vehicles as a ‘once in a generation investment opportunity’

Canadian cobalt developer Global Energy Metals (TSX.V:GEMC) issued a corporate update on Wednesday that saw it highlight the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) as ‘a once in a generation investment opportunity’.

The business, which has built a portfolio of cobalt projects in stable jurisdictions, said the transportation and energy storage industries are set to undergo a ‘profound transformation’ over the coming decades. An ongoing shift from fossil-fuelled to electric-powered vehicles is being accelerated by considerable amounts of investment from businesses and consumers alike. According to Global Energy, cobalt is critical to the continuation of this trend, with demand expected to increase substantially due to its heavy use in lithium-ion batteries.

However, the firm does not believe that supply will be able to keep up with this demand. This is because much of the world’s cobalt is sourced from the DRC- a nation known for its conflict, artisanal mining, and human rights violations. Likewise, cobalt is often mined as a byproduct, meaning supply is very much tied to conditions in the market for other metals such as nickel and copper.

As such, Global Energy’s president and CEO Mitchell Smith said the raw materials and companies powering the shift towards the electrification of vehicles present ‘a once in a generation investment opportunity’, adding:

‘Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of the current and future energy transition. Batteries that are powered by cobalt are critical to the future of the eMobility revolution. To get exposure to the battery and energy storage opportunity, maybe the biggest investment growth opportunity there is at the moment, one needs to look at the companies securing the metals critical to the space. Global Energy offers that exposure at a basement level entry cost.’

Global Energy also provided a recap of its operations over the last six months. The period notably saw the firm take 100pc ownership of its flagship Millennium cobalt project in the Mount Isa region of Queensland, Australia. As part of the deal, the firm also took on two exploration assets called Mt. Dorothy and Cobalt Ridge, increasing its land position in Queensland considerably.

Following the deal, which was completed with ASX-listed business Hammer Metals, Global Energy filed a technical report for Millennium highlights its upside opportunity and resource expansion potential. It also formed a partnership with industry peer Cobalt Blue Holdings to investigate the site’s cobalt, copper, and gold recovery potential in full. The results of this work are pending.

Elsewhere, Global Energy has also taken significant steps forward at its Nevada-based cobalt, nickel, and copper properties Lovelock and Treasure Box. In early summer, the firm began an exploration program including airborne surveying, digital modelling, underground sampling and mapping, and fieldwork at the assets – which are located near Tesla’s Gigafactory.

It also acquired the right to use technology owned by TSX-listed Canada Cobalt Works called RE-20X at the properties. This skips the normal smelting process to provide high recovery rates for cobalt, nickel, and copper to ultimately create battery-grade cobalt sulphate.

Finally, the six-month period saw Global Energy attend several key industry events around the world in a bid to spread its message. These included the 2019 China Mining Summit and CRU Ryan’s Ferroalloys Conference.

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Global Energy Metals: Establishing a strong cobalt and copper position at the Millennium Project in Queensland, Australia (GEMC)

Alongside its prospective assets in Nevada and Ontario, Global Energy Metals’ (TSX-V:GEMC) primary focus is the Millennium copper-cobalt project in the Mount Isa region of Queensland, Australia.

The exploration-stage property, which remains open for expansion, contains vast reserves of cobalt as well as significant quantities of copper.

These two metals are vital components in the production of electric batteries, and are both expected to enjoy an explosion in demand thanks to forecast rise in the use of electric vehicles (EVs) over coming years.

With cobalt nearing a supply deficit due to a widespread move away from the DRC, responsible for more than 60pc of the metal’s global production, projects in stable areas like Millennium have never been more important.

In the report below, alongside Global Energy’s president and chief executive Mitchell Smith, we detail the firm’s plans for Millennium and, critically, why funding at the project level is essential to the future electrification of vehicles.

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The Northern Zone of the Millennium Project (Source: Global Energy Metals)

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Global Energy Metals’ to launch major surveys at Lovelock next week (GEMC)

Cobalt explorer Global Energy Metals (TSX-V:GEMC) further advanced its Nevada-based projects on Wednesday by revealing airborne geophysical and topographical surveys over potential areas of mineralisation.  The firm will use uncrewed aerial vehicles to conduct a UAV-Magnetometer Survey and Orthophoto/Digital Surface Modelling on its Lovelock asset, which based c.150km east of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Sparks.

The surveys are expected to begin next week will cover high priority targets at the asset, which is a past-producing mine with high nickel, copper, and cobalt grades. Work will be completed by MWH Geo-Surveys International, an industry-leader with surveying experience all around the world. The data collected will then be used to inform ongoing fieldwork that is becoming carried out for the planning of a drilling programme later this year.

Global Energy’s chief executive and director Mitchell Smith said: ‘We look forward to conducting these airborne geophysical and topographical surveys with MWH, industry pioneers in drone technology. The robust preliminary results of the initial geological work completed this summer are positive indicators of the potential of the nickel, copper, cobalt project. Moreover, large portions of the mineralized area are still being evaluated by the Company leaving the door open to well-defined drill targets for our Fall Program.’

Wednesday’s news comes just days after Global Energy said it was ‘more confident than ever’ in Lovelock as a result of promising early results in its first round of exploration work at the asset. The firm is currently focused on defining structural controls in Lovelock’s known battery metal-rich areas and connecting mineralised zones into broader targets.

The business said that all of its work programmes for the project are progressing on schedule. Notably, a bulk sample taken by its partner Canada Cobalt Works has now undergone initial metallurgical analysis. This has resulted in head assay results of 0.2pc cobalt, 0.19pc nickel, and 2.84pc copper from the waste rock in the historic dumps in front of Lovelock’s opening.

Elsewhere, Global Energy provided investors with an update on its underground prospecting, mapping, and sampling programme at Lovelock, which it launched at the end of June. The firm said that initial results from the work, which will assist in creating a 3D geological model of the property, have been positive.

Lovelock is said to have produced 500ts of cobalt and nickel mineralisation between 1883 and 1890 when it was last in operation. Global Energy believes exploration work and modern drilling techniques could unlock a large amount of potential value at the site.

The company entered an option to acquire an 85pc stake in the asset in January alongside another site called Treasure Box. This sits adjacent to Lovelock and hosts mine workings from limited copper production, which occurred until early into the 20th century.  A historical diamond drill hole at the asset reportedly intersected 1.52pc copper over 85ft, with mineralisation beginning at the surface.

Global Energy focuses on offering security of supply of cobalt, which is a critical material in the rapidly growing rechargeable battery market. It is building a diversified global portfolio of assets in the sector, including project stakes, projects and other supply sources.

The business’s flagship asset is the Millennium Project in the world-renowned Mt. Isa region of Queensland, Australia. Global Energy recently revealed plans to take the project forward alongside Australian peer Cobalt Blue Holdings.

Millennium is a multi-zone, near-surface cobalt-copper sulphide system with several kilometres of potential strike length. It is located near established mining, transport, and processing infrastructure and offers easy access to a very skilled workforce.

The growth-stage site contains a defined zone of cobalt-copper mineralisation. Here, a 2016 JORC Resource estimate identified 3.1MMts of inferred resources containing 0.14pc cobalt and 0.34pc copper with gold credits. Global Energy is now looking at ways to increase the size of its deposit. Results from a first phase exploration campaign at two zones called Millennium North and Millennium South exceeded grade and thickness expectations. The firm will now carry out the second phase of drilling to examine both areas further.

Alongside Millennium, Global Energy has acquired two further discovery sites called Mt. Dorothy and Cobalt Ridge. These are collectively known as the ‘Mt. Isa projects’. The areas expand Global Energy’s Australian land position by nearly twenty times but have yet to be exploited. Exploration to date has returned high-grade cobalt intercepts at both, allowing Global Energy to line up numerous targets for further investigation and test work to define a resource.

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Global Energy Metals ‘more confident than ever’ in Nevada cobalt project as work continues (GEMC)

Global Energy Metals (TSX-V:GEMC) has said it is ‘more confident than ever’ in its Lovelock cobalt mine as it continues to complete its first round of exploration work at the asset.

The firm is currently focused on defining structural controls in Lovelock’s known battery metal-rich areas and connecting mineralised zones into broader targets ahead of an inaugural drilling programme in Q4 2019. This will enable it to reinterpret historic data at the project, which is located near Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada, and provide a better understand of its cobalt, nickel, and copper potential.

In an update on Thursday, the business said that all of its work programmes for the project are progressing on schedule. Notably, a bulk sample taken by its partner Canada Cobalt Works has now undergone initial metallurgical analysis. This has resulted in head assay results of 0.2pc cobalt, 0.19pc nickel, and 2.84pc copper from the waste rock in the historic dumps in front of Lovelock’s opening.

Canada Cobalt Works has sent a sample for mineralogy testing and results will be used to understand better the minerals that are hosting the metals. All this information will assist with Canada Cobalt Works’ Re-2ox process, which can create a potential battery-grade test product from cobalt-nickel-copper-bearing mineralised material.

Elsewhere, Global Energy provided investors with an update on its underground prospecting, mapping, and sampling programme at Lovelock, which it launched at the end of June. The firm said that initial results from the work, which will assist in creating a 3D geological model of the property, have been positive.

‘Particular attention was paid to the main fault of the North Adit however additional underground workings have been discovered, adding to the extensive underground development,’ it added. ‘Interestingly, the South Adit appears to be on the same structural zone as the main fault at the Lovelock Mine and the workings follow two subparallel fault systems with some anomalous nickel, cobalt and is copper mineralization. The company believes that the geochemical results are promising, and the structural observations from underground will be valuable when integrated with future survey results.

Based on observations from the work, recommendations for follow-up efforts include mapping and sampling surrounding surface rocks and combining collective findings with geophysical data to determine drill targets.

‘Management is more confident than ever that the Lovelock Mine is a superb value creation opportunity for shareholders,’ added Global Energy.

Lovelock is said to have produced 500ts of cobalt and nickel mineralisation between 1883 and 1890 when it was last in operation.  Global Energy believes exploration work and modern drilling techniques could unlock a large amount of potential value at the site.

The business entered an option to acquire an 85pc stake in the asset in January alongside another site called Treasure Box. This sits adjacent to Lovelock and hosts mine workings from limited copper production, which occurred until early into the 20th century.  A historical diamond drill hole at the asset reportedly intersected 1.52pc copper over 85ft, with mineralisation beginning at the surface.

Global Energy focuses on offering security of supply of cobalt, which is a critical material in the rapidly growing rechargeable battery market. It is building a diversified global portfolio of assets in the sector, including project stakes, projects and other supply sources.

The business’s flagship asset is the Millennium Project in the world-renowned Mt. Isa region of Queensland, Australia. Global Energy recently revealed plans to take the project forward alongside Australian peer Cobalt Blue Holdings.

Millennium is a multi-zone, near-surface cobalt-copper sulphide system with several kilometres of potential strike length. It is located near established mining, transport, and processing infrastructure and offers easy access to a very skilled workforce.

The growth-stage site contains a defined zone of cobalt-copper mineralisation. Here, a 2016 JORC Resource estimate identified 3.1MMts of inferred resources containing 0.14pc cobalt and 0.34pc copper with gold credits. Global Energy is now looking at ways to increase the size of its deposit. Results from a first phase exploration campaign at two zones called Millennium North and Millennium South exceeded grade and thickness expectations. The firm will now carry out a second phase of drilling to examine both areas further.

Alongside Millennium, Global Energy has acquired two further discovery sites called Mt. Dorothy and Cobalt Ridge. These are collectively known as the ‘Mt. Isa projects’. The areas expand Global Energy’s Australian land position by nearly twenty times but have yet to be exploited. Exploration to date has returned high-grade cobalt intercepts at both, allowing Global Energy to line up numerous targets for further investigation and test work to define a resource.

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Glencore halts production at world’s largest cobalt mine – where will prices go next?

Glencore (LSE:GLEN) has confirmed plans to halt production at the world’s largest cobalt mine, potentially wiping out one-fifth of the world’s global supply of the critical battery metal. In a gloomy set of half-year results on Wednesday that saw it reveal a 90pc fall in net income, the major miner said it expects to transition its Mutanda mine in the DRC into temporary care and maintenance by year-end.

Its decision reflects Mutanda’s ‘reduced economic viability’ in the face of rising regulatory costs in the DRC at the hands of a harsh new mining code and a significant fall in cobalt prices. After quadrupling in two years, cobalt prices have sunk to their lowest level since 2016 as producers have flooded the market with new supplies. Indeed, Glencore itself has reported a $350m non-cash loss from cobalt that it has mined but not been able to sell.

As well as 199,000ts of copper, Mutanda produced more than 27,000ts of cobalt last year, making it one of the world’s largest sources of the metal – responsible for around 20pc of global supply.  Like many businesses operating in the sector, Glencore and its investors had hoped to ride the boom in electric vehicles (EVs), many of which are powered by batteries containing significant amounts of cobalt.

The world’s fleet of EVs grew by 54pc to about 3.1m in 2017 and is expected to hit 125m by 2030, according to the IEA. JP Morgan forecasts that EVs will account for 30pc of all global vehicle sales 2025 – this compares to 1pc in 2016. As such, the market for cobalt is expected to double over the next four years alone and quadruple by 2028. To express this another way, 62pc of global cobalt demand is likely to come from battery manufacturers by 2020, up from 51pc in 2016 and 20pc in 2006.

With this in mind, Glencore’s decision to cut supply at a time of low prices has been interpreted by some as a way of placing a floor under the flagging market and turn it around by eradicating its existing surplus. This would not be the first time the business has implemented such a tactic. As Bloomberg reports, the business slashed zinc production in late 2015 when prices were plunging in a bid to manufacture supply shortages. The metal responded with a 60pc price surge in 2016.

As such, Glencore’s move has breathed life into many cobalt businesses, with shares in major Chinese cobalt companies rallying on Wednesday. Mitchell Smith, president of Global Energy Metals (TSX-V:GEMC), a firm developing a diversified portfolio of cobalt assets in stable jurisdictions, also noted the significance of Glencore’s decision to shutter Mutanda.

‘The shuttering of Glencore’s Mutanda Mine in the DRC in combination with the limited production numbers from the business’s Kamoto Copper Company drastically changes the supply outlook for cobalt in light of increased demand pressure from the automotive industry’s quest to go electric,’ he said. ‘Cobalt should definitely be on investor’s radar as mining companies in the Central African Copper-Cobalt belt begin to retaliate against the new mining code and push back to relax the significant taxation rates. It should be interesting to see how the price of cobalt reacts and where investors turn to get exposure to the critical mineral.’

Wednesday’s boost to the cobalt market comes around a month after British scientists warned that if EVs replace the UK’s 31.5m cars by 2050, as per government plans, it will require twice the current annual global cobalt supply alone. In a letter to the country’s Committee on Climate Change, the team of scientists said replacing the vehicles will require 207,900ts of cobalt as well as 264,600ts of lithium carbonate and 2,362,500s of copper.

Many believe that cobalt’s bear-run could soon come to an end.  For example, a recent report from FocusEconomics suggests that cobalt prices will hit $40,000 by mid-2020, before adding another $10,000 in 2021. As International Banker highlights, this bullish sentiment is being put down to a boost in global EV sales volumes.

Likewise, Roskill Information Services has said: ‘With demand across most major end-use applications set to increase, and with demand from the battery sector expected to enjoy double-digit growth over the coming decade, the market is gearing itself up for a sustained period of unprecedented consumption growth.’

Should EV uptake and cobalt demand continue to increase and supply constraints become more apparent, then it will be of significant benefit to businesses like Global Energy with exposure to the metal beyond the DRC.

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