French energy group, Engie, and research organisation, Mining3, have secured CH$252 million ($326,500) in financing for their Hydra renewable hydrogen powertrain project in Chile. The funding has been allocated by Chilean economic development agency CORFO. Engie and Mining3 will begin with a pre-feasibility and engineering study of the powertrain and the renewable hydrogen refuelling system for mining trucks. They will then proceed with the design and fabrication of a fuel cell and battery powertrain prototype with a capacity between 100 kW and 200 kW and test its performance under mining conditions.
Mirasol Resources Ltd said that exploration has started at its Inca gold project in northern Chile in preparation for a drill programme slated to begin later this year. The company has a field crew at the site to complete a surface exploration program focusing on the Sandra target on the southern part of the property. Mirasol is planning for a possible 1,500-metre drill program at Inca, with a drill permit application in the works and a budget secured for the programme.
Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd. has signed a Binding Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire an 100% interest in a private Chilean company which holds various mineral rights to exploration claims that make up the Isabella Gold Silver Project in Chile. Isabella’s exploration claims cover an area of 67km2. The Project is located in the Southern Coastal Range of Chile, approximately 200km south of Santiago and has excellent year-round access. The Coastal Range contains numerous gold and copper occurrences hosted within a package of intermediate intrusives, sediments and volcanics of Mesozoic age.
Billund Aquaculture begins construction of a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) post-smolt facility for Salmones Austral in Chile's southern Los Lagos region. The site, with an initial annual production capacity of 6 million post-smolt salmon, will use both fresh and sea water and is projected to start operations in the second quarter of 2021.
Sacyr, through its subsidiary Sacyr Agua, has started the operation of four integral water cycle management companies in Chile. The expected business portfolio exceeds $5.9 million and will have a workforce of close to 200 employees. The services that it will manage include: the collection of raw water, distribution of drinking water and the collection and treatment of wastewater in the Metropolitan Region, through the companies Aguas Chacabuco, Aguas Lampa, and Aguas Santiago. In total, it will serve a population of more than 150,000 inhabitants.