Union at Candelaria copper mine in Chile rejects new deal

A union of workers at Chile's Candelaria copper mine, owned by Canada's Lundin Mining Corp, said it had rejected yet another contract offer from the company and will push forward with a nearly month-long strike that has shut down the mine. Lundin said earlier this week it had submitted a new contract offer in a bid to end the strike, which began on October 8. A second union joined in the walk-off later in the month, forcing the mine to close.

Chile aims to become major hydrogen producer by 2030

The Chilean government has set itself ambitious targets to become one of the world's leading exporters of green hydrogen by the end of 2030. The government aims to see 5GW of electrolysis capacity built or in development by 2025, and to reach 25GW by the end of 2030 by which date exports of green hydrogen and derivatives could reach $2.5 billion annually. To attract investors, the government is planning a financing round to provide $50 million to help Chilean and international companies develop "scalable and replicable" green hydrogen projects in Chile as a means for investors to close gaps in their financing models.

Ingeteam supplies PV inverters for two Chilean projects by Naturgy

Ingeteam SA has delivered photovoltaic (PV) inverters for two projects of 108 MW in total that Spanish Naturgy is installing in Chile. Specifically, the inverters were supplied for the 48-MW San Pedro I and the 60-MW San Pedro IV PV plants, located in the Atacama desert, Ingeteam announced. In addition to 72 units of the INGECON SUN 1690TL B650 central PV inverters with a rated power of 1,690 kW, the company has supplied 16 units of 6.76 MW inverter stations and two units of 5 MW of the same equipment. The supply order further includes the INGECON SUN Power Plant Controller system. Ingeteam will take care of the plants' commissioning, operation and maintenance, as well.

South West firms eye exports to Chile and Mexico via virtual trade missions

South West exporters are aiming to expand their sales in Latin America by taking part in the region’s first virtual trade missions to Mexico and Chile. Led by Sarah Hildersley, the Department for International Trade's (DIT) Market specialist for Latin America in the region, firms will participate in briefing sessions and one-to-one meetings with market experts and sector specialists. They will be joined by the British Chamber of Commerce in Chile and the Mexico UK Business Council, along with international trade advisors from DIT and Business West.

Chilean salmon farmers struggle to cut antibiotic usage

For Chile’s salmon farming industry, less antibiotic use could improve the sustainability of the country’s salmon aquaculture industry and boost the reputation of its products. According to the 2020 Chilean Salmon Antibiotic Reduction Program (CSARP) report, Chile farmed salmon had an antibiotic usage of 412.8 grams per harvested metric ton (MT) in 2017. Usage declined about 30% to 293.6 grams per ton in 2019. The goal is to cut the 2017 figure in half by 2025, or just over 200 grams per harvested ton. However, the Monteray Bay Aquarium said this could take multiple innovations applied over many years.

Tesoro Resources finds more high-grade gold in Chile

Tesoro Resources (TSO) has received assay results from four diamond holes drilled at the Ternera prospect at the El Zorro Gold Project in Chile. All holes intersected multiple mineralised zones and add onto those reported on in October. The aim of this drilling is to extend the mineralisation at Ternera and provide additional information for modelling and resource estimation. Best results include one metre at 8.75g/t gold from 280 metres, three metres at 5.71g/t gold from 28 metres, and 13 metres at 5.32g/t gold from 159 metres.