Chile’s Antofagasta and Zaldivar mine workers extend contract talks to avoid strike

Chilean mining company, Antofagasta, and workers at its Zaldivar mine decided to extend government-mediated talks for a new union contract and to avoid a strike. A representative of the union said, "Mediation was extended to see the results of the assemblies". Chilean law allows the workers and the company to extend talks again after five days of mediation if an agreement is not reached.

Repsol to invest $194 mn to create joint venture for wind & solar generation sites in Chile

Repsol will invest $192 million to start the development of 2.6 renewable GW in Chile, by Ibereólica. The company considers it the start of a large-scale international expansion in clean energy. The Board of Directors of the oil company, led by Josu Jon Imaz, approved the formation of a joint venture with Grupo Iberólica to develop wind and solar installations in Chile.

Ezentis wins an $8.23 mn contract with the Chilean Electric Coordinator

The Ezentis group has been awarded a contract for the zonal expansion of the National Electric Coordinator of Chile, an organization that coordinates the electricity transmission infrastructure of the Andean country, valued at 7.1 million euros (US $8.23 mn). According to Ezentis, the awarded contract includes works on 44 kV and 110 kV transmission lines for the expansion of three power substations in the central zone in Chile, belonging to Chilquinta Energía, one of the main companies Chilean energy sector.

Tomra Food makes its presence known in LatAm by opening new HQ in Chile

Leading provider for optical food sorting machines, Tomra Food, has officially opened its new regional headquarters in Santiago, Chile. The purpose-built facilities, equipped with a customer experience centre and regional training hub, aims to strengthen the customer support provided across Latin America by Tomra Food. The headquarters provide a boost to Tomra Foods’ presence in the region, which contributes significantly to the global supply of fruits, nuts, vegetables, potato products, grains and seeds, dried fruit, meat and seafood.

COVID-19 forces Teck Resources to slash guidance

Teck Resources said that all its mines across Canada, Peru, Chile and the US are operating. However the company cautioned that COVID-19 has negatively impacted on prices, demand for its products and that its production for the year would be significantly lower. Teck has reinstated its previously suspended 2020 guidance, but with lower ranges. Its coking coal guidance for the year is between 11 million-12 million tonnes, compared with the the initial forecast of 23 million-25 million tonnes.