Vanadium is a steel-blue transition metal that is medium-hard and malleable. It occurs naturally in about 65 different minerals and fossil fuel deposits, but rarely exists freely in nature. About 80% of mined vanadium is alloyed with iron to make ferrovanadium, a steel additive resistant to shock and corrosion. Vanadium alloys are used to make nuclear reactors, while vanadium-steel alloys are used to produce some of the toughest of tools, including piston rods, car gears, axles, and cutting tools to name a few.
In nature, vanadium can be found in certain crude oils and iron ores, phosphate rock, and also occurs in around 65 different minerals, which include vanadinite and carnotite.
Of the globe’s mined vanadium ore, 98% comes from Russia, China, and South Africa. South Africa is the third-largest producer of vanadium. It follows behind Russia, which follows China, the largest vanadium producer in the world.
Burundi, Mozambique, and Tanzania are some other countries in Africa with vanadium deposits.
Highly skilled locals, Diaspora, and expatriates are required in countries in Africa for positions in the vanadium mining industry. Visit the Mining Recruitment Africa Jobs portal to see recent mid to senior vanadium mining jobs.