Mining3 recruits ENGIE for next phase of mining hydrogen research

ENGIE joins Mining3 in its next phase of hydrogen research to co-create hydrogen solutions and help reach carbon neutrality for the mining sector in the coming decades. According to the CEO of ENGIE’s Hydrogen Business Unit, Michele Azalbert, “These solutions will help the industry players reach their carbon-neutrality goals, as well as help reduce emissions for countries where mining is a key industry, such as Australia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and South Africa, where we are developing hydrogen projects".

Antofagasta’s copper production totalled 177,700 tonnes in second quarter

Chilean mining company Antofagasta maintained its copper production and cost targets for the year as it reported lower second-quarter output. The company said copper production in the second quarter totalled 177,700 tonnes, a decline of 8.4% compared to the previous quarter, mainly due to expected lower grades from the Centinela mine. Net cash costs were 2.7% higher at $1.13 per pound.

SEC files charges against five electric companies for errors in electricity bills

The Superintendency of Electricity and Fuels (SEC) filed charges against five electricity companies after detecting errors in the billing processes, negatively impacting the customers' ballots. According to the company, the five companies are Enel, SAESA, Frontel, Luz Osorno and Edelaysen. According to the SEC, the companies will have a period of 15 working days to deliver their case.

Chile salmon producers look to return to Chinese market after COVID-19 incident

Chilean salmon producers are planning to restart shipments to China in the next two months backed by a marketing campaign aimed at restoring consumer confidence after consignments were halted a month ago. Shipments came to an abrupt stop in June because of a lack of demand following the discovery of COVID-19 on a chopping board used to cut salmon in a wholesale seafood market. The marketing campaign is set to be launched in August or September according to Clement.

Security ring placed around Chile ISA site

Chilean authorities have thrown a security zone around an area where infectious salmon anemia (ISA) was detected at a production site belonging to a joint venture between Salmones Austral's Trusal and Nova Austral. The outbreak at the Navarro 3 site bordering the Magallanes and Antarctic regions of Chile is currently affecting fish in two of the company's cages which together hold around 172,311 salmon, with an average weight of 430.4 grams. The financial impact of the outbreak is expected to be around $700,000, according to Salmones Austral CEO Gaston Cortez Quezada.