Germany’s economy ministry made a $9.9 million contribution to Siemens Energy’s planned hydrogen plant in Chile. The project entails building and operating a wind power plant, Haru Oni, in southern Chile. Power from the plant will be used to produce green hydrogen via electrolysis, which will in turn be used to generate synthetic methanol/gasoline, a low-carbon alternative fuel for transport. The plant will produce 130,000 litres in a 2022 pilot phase, rising to 55 million litres by 2024 and 550 million by 2026.
US company Pfizer will deliver a total of 10.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Chile, Pfizer will first send a delivery of 1.6 doses in the first quarter of 2021. Then 550,000 vaccines will be shipped monthly, which will take Chile 15 months to receive all of the doses. According to the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, the first in line to receive the vaccine will be health workers.
Chile’s state miner Codelco saw production rise 3.5% year-on-year in October to 159,900 tonnes and 2.9% in the first ten months of 2020. BHP's Escondida saw a drop in output of 7.6% to 99,900 tonnes, an accumulated increase of 1.3%. Collahuasi saw year-on-year production drop 17% in October to 42,200 tonnes, an increase of 18.7% over 2020.
Chile’s Codelco said it expected to spend $210 million before year-end to ensure all its divisions comply with the latest health protocols designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Codelco’s VP of projects, Gerhard von Borries, said that about $124 million of the total will be allocated to keep its Chuquicamata, Radomiro Tomic and El Teniente divisions running “as usual.”
Torq Resources Inc. announced that it has appointed a highly experienced exploration and logistics team in Chile. This is an important step for the Company as it builds a portfolio of high potential projects in the country. The team is comprised of Waldo Cuadra, Javier Rojas and Piotr Palencezk, who have played key roles in several major discoveries within Chile and provide a wide network of project opportunities and exploration professionals.