Chile became the first country in South America to begin coronavirus vaccinations on Thursday after receiving its first 10,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses. Medical workers were the first to be inoculated. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said people with chronic illnesses and the elderly would be the next groups to receive the vaccine.
Grupo Ibereolica Renovables has initiated the environmental permitting process by filing a full study of the impact of its proposed 793.6-MW wind farm project in Chile. The developer is prepared to invest around $684 million to build 128 wind turbines of 6.2 MW each in the Chilean region of Antofagasta. Construction is projected to start in mid-2022.
Aguas Andinas and the National Consumer Service (Sernac) reached an agreement to compensate users affected by cuts in 2016 and 2017. The agreement will consider compensation for more than 1.15 million users, for a total amount of almost $10 billion (US$14.06 million).
Spot prices for salmon farmed in Chile have continued on their steep upward trajectory in week 51 of 2020. US-bound trim D, freight-on-board Chilean salmon fillets to the US saw prices lift by $0.34 to $4.36 per pound. Prices for Chilean head-on, freight-on-board, 10-12s shipped to the Brazilian market lifted once again, by $0.40 to $5.07 per kilogram in week 51. Prices for week 52 are projected to rise again to $5.00-$5.20/kg for fresh head-on deliveries.
Salmones Aysen, a dedicated coho salmon farmer in Chile, decided to scrap the sale of air-freighted salmon to the US. The decision to end air-freighted sales is a way to wean US customers off fresh supplies as part of Salmones Aysen's campaign called "Leading the frozen revolution". The company is betting that US consumers will eventually turn to frozen salmon because of its lower environmental impact. Chile's coho salmon could compete with wild-caught Alaskan salmon among consumers.