Mas Errázuriz has acquired two 10 t class LHDs of the model LT1051 from Komatsu Mining, to be used in a copper mine in Chile’s Region IV, and replacing competitive equipment. The order is a boost for Komatsu’s underground equipment business in Chile where it still has a relatively small market share. However, it does have a foothold in the future technology side as it already has large hybrid 18HD 18 t class LHD operating at Codelco’s El Teniente underground copper operations.
BHP plans to ramp up work at the ongoing $2.5 billion expansion of its Spence copper mine in Chile, as measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 this year set completion of the project back. The world’s biggest miner said it will speed up construction at Spence in December, with first production expected in the first half of 2021.
Teck Resources Limited announced that it's expanding its Copper and Health programme to Chile, partnering with leading national health professionals and academics on a pilot project at the Iquique Hospital. Researchers from Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) and Núcleo Milenio MICROB-R, with funding from Teck, will conduct a study of copper surfaces and textiles to assess copper’s ability to decrease the incidence of in-hospital infections.
Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd has acquired a 160-MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) project located in Chile from local renewable energy developer and builder Andes Solar. The project is currently in development, with the start of construction expected in the fourth quarter of 2023. Once operational, the project will be able to produce some 337 GWh of power annually, enough to avoid carbon emissions by around 140,000 metric tonnes.
Chilean salmon farmer Nova Austral expects to harvest 13,000 metric tons of salmon in 2021, down 19% year-on-year due to a combination of early harvests prompted by an infectious salmon anemia (ISA) outbreak at Salmones Porvenir, its joint venture with Salmones Austral and delayed stockings. Before the outbreak, the company had expected to harvest 20,000t.
Mirasol Resources Ltd reported encouraging results from surface exploration at the Sandra prospect at its Inca gold project in Chile. The company also said a 1,500 metre drill programme was planned to start in the first quarter of 2021. The programme will target three of the most prospective zones along the principal Sandra trend and initially test to a depth of between 80 and 200m below the outcropping surface exposures.
Activos en Renta Grupo Corporativo SA is developing a 471.29-MWp solar project set in the Antofagasta region, Chile. The AR Changos Solar project will involve the installation of roughly 1.01 million bifacial PV modules, a step-up substation with two transformers and a 13.5-km long 220-kV high-voltage transmission line. Project company AR Changos Solar SpA submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project last week, noting that it would invest $280 million in the undertaking.
MFS Investment Management has completed the local registration process with Chile's Commission for the Financial Market (CMF) for 21 of its MFS Meridian Funds, thus providing a broad offering of sale through advisers and other financial intermediaries. Previously, MFS Meridian Funds were available through certain private placements through a select number of distributors in Chile.
Tesoro Resources adds “significant scale” to Ternera as drilling continues around the clock at the priority target within its flagship El Zorro gold project in Chile. The company has received more assays from step out drilling at Ternera with further wide mineralised zones intercepted. Gold mineralisation at Ternera has now been confirmed over 700m by 800m – extending from surface and extending for more than 350m depth.
HIF announced that it presented to the Magallanes Environmental Assessment Service, the Environmental Impact Statement for the construction of the decarbonization pilot and production of carbon neutral fuels. The plan (which Enel, Enap, Siemens Energy & Porsche also participate in) is to invest $38 million in the construction of a chemical plant for the production of e-fuels, a 3.4 MW wind farm and a line 13 kV backup transmission.