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.

DP World to invest $45m in Chile’s Puerto Lirquen

DP World Chile has announced it will invest $45 million in Puerto Lirquen (PLQ) to consolidate the terminal as the largest multipurpose terminal in the Biobio region. The investment is the result of a complete revision of the operational design of the terminal aiming at increasing its productivity and capacity, with the purchase of three modern 22-row-super post-panamax (STS) cranes together with the purchase of reach stackers and port trucks.

Chile to reopen to international arrivals on 23rd November 2020

Chile's Ministry of Health authorised international arrivals of non-Chilean citizens at Santiago International Airport effective 23 November 2020. Internationals arriving will be required to present a PCR negative test, purchase a mandatory health insurance, complete relevant forms and have a health passport. International arrivals from COVID-19 hotspot countries will also be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Candelaria copper mine in Chile offers improved contract deal to the union

Chile's Candelaria copper mine said it had offered an improved contract deal to one of two unions on strike at the deposit in a bid to re-start production. The latest offer is aimed at the Candelaria Union. "This proposal includes increases in allocations and payments for the closing of negotiations of 17.5-million pesos (about $22 800)," the company said in a statement.

South Korea to hold 4th round of talks on amending FTA with Chile

South Korea will hold the fourth round of negotiations with Chile this week on revising their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) that went into effect in 2004. The two-day videoconference talks will focus on expanding the scope of free trade and updating terms of the 15-year-old FTA, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The two sides will also hold discussions on five categories: goods, intellectual property rights, trade promotion, anti-corruption and cooperation.

Pengsheng receives first shipment of Chilean blueberries

Chinese blueberry importer Pengsheng Industrial has received its first seafreight shipment of Chilean blueberries for this season, marking the transition from early-season airfreight shipments. The first seafreight container, sent by Giddings Fruit, arrived on 12 November. Gonzalo Matamala, general manager of Giddings Fruit Asia & China, said the China market was primed for more Chilean blueberries.