Honeywell streamlines Cobalt Blue production project

July 29, 2021

Honeywell and Australia-based Cobalt Blue Holdings Ltd. reported June 10 that Honeywell will provide control, automation and energy optimization solutions to help Cobalt Blue streamline its Broken Hill Cobalt Project (BHCP) and reduce its risk levels.

BHCP covers more than 24 square miles in western New South Wales, and will develop a new, reliable, global source of ethically-sourced cobalt, which is used in green energy applications such as lithium-ion battery production. The project is expected to help improve work conditions and lessen the environmental impact of traditional sourcing methods.  

Honeywell will deliver solutions and services, enabling Cobalt Blue to move BHCP seamlessly from pilot to production. These products will include LEAP lean project execution; reusable engineering standards and templates; process control, enterprise performance management and energy optimization solutions; and consulting and engineering services. Their collaboration also includes assisting in developing a modular cobalt concentrator unit for BHCP, which can be used in other mining and industrial waste streams projects. This will improve cobalt recovery rates, and reduce the environmental impact of old mine tailings.

“Our work with Honeywell will help us to de-risk and cost-optimize the process control, automation and energy savings components of the BHCP project, and reduce our time to market,” says Joe Kaderavek, CEO of Cobalt Blue. “It will also help us meet our objective to produce 3,500 tons of cobalt per year and meet rapidly increasing market demand.”