HC Deb 22 June 1978 vol 952 cc316-7W
Mr. Hastings

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what exact proportion of the worlds cobalt has been hitherto produced in the Kolwezi area; and where the alternative supplies are located.

Mr. Cryer,

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 20th June 1978; Vol. 952, c. 145–6] gave the following information:

Zaire's production of cobalt in 1977, nearly all of which came from Kolwezi, represented 47 per cent. of the world total.

The main cobalt producing countries with known reserves are as follows:

Country Reserves (tonnes contained Cobalt)
Zaire 450,000
New Caledonia 270,000
USSR 210,000
Philippines 190,000
Cuba 110,000
Zambia 110,000
Australia 50,000
Canada 30,000
Botswana 27,000
Finland 19,000
Morocco 14,000
Total 1,500,000