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TABLE 8
COBALT: WORLD MINE PRODUCTION, BY COUNTRY1, 2
(Metric tons, cobalt content)
 
Country3   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012e  
Australia4 4,785 r 4,345 r 3,852 r 3,848 r 5,882 5
Botswana6 337 342 r 272 r 149 195 5
Brazil 2,631 2,075 3,139 3,623 r 3,900 p
Canada7 8,953 3,919 4,636 6,836 r 6,625 p, 5
Chinae 6,630 6,000 6,380 r 6,800 7,000
Congo (Kinshasa)e, 8 32,300 40,000 60,000 60,000 51,000
Cubae, 9 4,000 r 4,600 r 4,800 r 5,100 r 4,900
Finlande 105 5 27 140 500 r 635
Indonesiae, 10 1,300 1,200 1,600 1,600 1,700
Madagascare, 11 -- -- 165 500 630
Moroccoe, 12 1,700 2,200 3,110 5 2,159 5 1,800
New Caledoniae, 13 2,110 2,000 2,850 3,100 r 2,620
Papua New Guinea14 -- -- -- -- 469 5
Philippinese 1,200 1,500 2,200 2,200 2,600
Russiae, 12 6,200 6,100 6,200 6,100 r 6,300
South Africae 590 610 1,800 1,600 2,500
Zambiae, 15 7,000 4,900 6,200 5,400 4,200
Zimbabwe16 85 e 74 79 86 88 5
Total   79,900 r 79,900 r 107,000 r 110,000 r 103,000  
-eEstimated. pPreliminary. rRevised. -- Zero.
1World totals and estimated data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.
2Includes data available through November 25, 2013. Figures represent recoverable cobalt content of ores, concentrates, or intermediate products from cobalt,
copper, nickel, platinum, or zinc operations.-
3In addition to the countries listed, Spain and Turkey are known to produce ores that contain cobalt, but information is inadequate to make reliable estimates
of production. Poland produced copper ore containing 1,500 to 5,000 metric tons per year of cobalt, which was not recovered. Other copper-, nickel-,
platinum-, or zinc-producing nations may also produce ores containing cobalt as a byproduct component, but recovery is small or nil.
4Cobalt content of lateritic nickel ore and nickel concentrate reported by the Government of Western Australia.-
5Reported figure.
6Reported cobalt content of pelletized nickel-copper matte.
7Assay content of cobalt in concentrates produced.-
8Cobalt content of concentrates, tailings, and slags.-
9Determined from reported cobalt content of nickel-cobalt sulfide production and estimated cobalt content of ammoniacal liquor production.
10Cobalt content of nickel matte plus estimated cobalt in lateritic ore processed in Australia.
11Datum for 2012 is estimated cobalt content of reported mixed sulfide production.
12Cobalt content of concentrates.
13Cobalt contained in the following materials: cobalt chloride produced in France from New Caledonian matte, cobalt carbonate and nickel hydroxide produced-
in New Caledonia, and lateritic nickel ore exported to Australia.
14Cobalt content of nickel-cobalt hydroxide.
15Cobalt content of concentrates and slags.
16Cobalt content of intermediate products produced in Zimbabwe from nickel and platinum ores mined in Zimbabwe; excludes some probable unreported-
mine production in Zimbabwe and cobalt in products produced from materials originating in Botswana.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

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