Albemarle accuses SQM & regulators of blocking access to Atacama water study

Albemarle Corp has accused SQM and local regulators of seeking to keep secret a coveted report about the environmental impact of lithium mining in Chile’s Salar de Atacama. The report aims to stamp out uncertainty over the sustainability of mining activity that has long cast a pall over the sensitive salt flat, home to one-quarter of the world’s current output of lithium, but also indigenous communities, protected areas, and endangered flamingos. Both companies contributed to the report, but whereas SQM’s contract with Corfo allows it to review working drafts of studies commissioned by the agency, Albemarle’s contract does not.

Enel starts building 163 MW solar plant in Chile

Enel Green Power Chile has started building the 163-MW Sol de Lila solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the Atacama desert. The company will invest a total of $130 million in the PV park. Sol de Lila will consist of 407,400 bifacial mono-crystalline PV modules, and the company expects to have the solar plant up and running by July 2021. Once in operation, the new plant will be capable of generating some 499.7 GWh of electricity per year, enough to offset over 372,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

Ternera exploration success continues for Tesoro Resources

Tesoro Resources' El Zorro project in Chile is proving to be a boon, with the company extending mineralisation yet again at the flagship Ternera deposit. Drilling at Ternera has continued to uncover more broad mineralised gold zones, with mineralisation remaining open to the north, northwest and at depth. The latest assay batch is from six diamond drill holes with all holes hitting multiple gold bearing zones.

Chilean Hass avocado makes its debut in South Korea’s supermarkets

Less than two months after South Korea opened its market to Chilean Hass avocados, this fruit has already reached the shelves in Seoul. The fruit arrived this week by air at Incheon airport. After concluding the corresponding sanitary inspections, the shipment was released to the stores of Lotte Mart. On November 10, the South Korean Commercial Office held a launch ceremony to celebrate this arrival and to let consumers know this Chilean superfruit was now available for them.