With G7 countries about to put several Russian metal mining companies under sanction pressure, the world may face scarcity of several important commodities. It may present an opportunity for investors to grab some market share of mining operations in Kazakhstan. Kenes Rakishev, an experienced Kazakhstan businessman offers for the public Gornostaevskoye mining field: a large deposit of nickel and cobalt in Kazakhstan.
Rakishev offers great attention to the environmental issues: metals will be extracted by leaching, which will greatly reduce the risks of pollution. Kenes Rakishev is about to bring Gornostaevskoye to market. It is controlled by his Battery Metals company, which is launching IPOs in Hong Kong and Astana. Promised nickel and cobalt in concentrate output is 14,500 mt. To bring Gornostaevskoye to production requires $514 million.
The first production from Gornostaevskoye, Kazakhstan’s largest nickel and cobalt deposit, is expected in 2025, project owner Kenes Rakishev told S&P Global Commodity Insights this week.
Gornostaevskoye, in the country’s eastern district of Beskaragay, is estimated to hold almost 55 million mt of ore containing 406,000 mt of nickel and 30,000 mt of cobalt resources.
The project is being developed by Battery Metals Technologies owned by Rakishev, a Kazakh entrepreneur.
The firm is conducting research on the implementation of high-pressure acid leach technology, the most common process used to recover nickel from lateritic nickel ore, which features at the Gornostaevskoye deposit.
Battery Metals has completed tests achieving a 95% nickel recovery rate, with sulfuric acid use of 250 kg per ton of ore.
Once ramped up to capacity, the enterprise will mine 1.6 million mt/year of ore processed into mixed hydroxide precipitate, producing 13,500 mt/year of nickel and almost a ton of cobalt, with the figures indicating pure metal volumes contained in concentrate.
Kenes Rakishev and his business career
Kenes Rakishev is Kazakhstan’s Forbes number 8 of the most influential businessmen. He has great experience in managing metal mining operations as well as an internationally acknowledged role in an innovative economy. Kenes Rakishev was at the very roots of many successful startups and venues. He is a well-known philanthropist. Kenes Rakishev is president of the national boxing federation and a major donor of the charity funds and organizations.
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