Chile salmon processing hub Puerto Montt faces COVID lockdown

The Chilean salmon industry is facing another hindrance after a strict new lockdown regime was announced for the main processing hub of Puerto Montt, which is battling a steep increase in COVID-19 cases. Lockdown restrictions in Puerto Montt are scheduled to take effect beginning on Wednesday. It's not entirely clear what this means for the salmon sector in Pueto Montt, but there could be implications throughout the salmon supply chain.

Supervisors at Antofagasta’s Centinela copper mine in Chile accept new contract

Supervisors at Antofagasta Minerals' Centinela copper mine in Chile have agreed to a new contract offer, avoiding the possibility of a strike, according to the union president. The supervisors' union agreed last week to extend government-mediated talks after failing to agree on a new contract with Antofagasta. The union had voted in favor of a walk-off on July 13, however, both parties are required to participate in government-led talks, which typically last between 5-10 business days, before a strike can begin.

Siemens Gamesa receives order worth 60 MW to extend the Cabo Leones 1 wind project

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has received an order worth 60 MW. The order is to extend the Cabo Leones 1 wind project in Chile, operated by the joint venture formed by the French utility EDF Renewables Chile and Spain’s Grupo Ibereólica Renovables. Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens Gamesa will supply, transport and install 12 of its SG 5.0-145 MW turbines for the Cabo Leones 1 extension wind complex at Comuna de Freirina, in the second region of the Atacama in Chile.

Environmental judge calls for water study on ‘fragile’ lithium-rich Atacama salt flat

A top environmental judge in Chile renewed a call for a government-vetted water study to help stamp out lingering questions about sustainability that have cast a pall over Chile’s lithium-rich Salar de Atacama. Water - both fresh and saline, where the lithium lies - has long been a sticking point for miners at Atacama, one of the world’s richest reserves of the ultralight battery metal. The flat sits amid the world’s driest desert.