Chilean Government launches 30 mn tender for green hydrogen projects

The Chilean government has issued a call for tenders for the development of green hydrogen production projects of 10 MW and above. The government is offering to award up to $30 million to one or more projects, which should become operational no later than December 2025. The tender process is open to national and foreign companies. Prospective bidders have until July to make inquiries about the tender, while applications should be submitted by September.

Chile’s borders to remain closed throughout May

Chilean authorities decided not to reopen the borders throughout May to try to prevent the entry into the country of new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Health Undersecretary Paula Daza announced. In Santiago, which is under full quarantine, starting Thursday ten communes will go to phase two within the government's step by step plan. On the other hand, various regions in the country which had been spared from a full lockdown will go back to phase 1 since the containment of COVID-19 cases has not turned out as expected.

Chile port & copper workers protest over pensions policy

Workers at major ports and copper mines in Chile are joining a nationwide protest over pensions policy this week that is set to end with a day-long stoppage on April 30. Around 8,000 workers at 25 port terminals are expected to join the protest, according to the Chilean Portworkers Union. Union leaders demand that the President sign into legislation a policy approved by lawmakers, allowing employees to withdraw up to 10% of their pensions savings to help compensate for the impact of the pandemic.