Enel plans new 500MW bifacial solar project in Atacama

Chile’s green regulator SEA is to consider Enel’s proposals for a 498MW new PV pipeline in the Atacama Desert region of Antofagasta, according to recently submitted plans. Enel wants to deploy a first 317MW plant known as the Taltal PV project, with total investment pegged at around $350 million. In addition, Enel is proposing to add yet another PV installation to its Lalackama complex, also in the commune of Taltal by Atacama’s Pacific Ocean coastline.

Kinross to invest $225 million in the La Coipa project in Atacama

Canadian miner Kinross Gold announced the reopening of the La Coipa project, moving forward with its phase 7 in the Atacama Region. The project, beginning with pre-stripping stage at the end of 2020, will have an initial capital investment of ca. $225 million and it is estimated that it will generate up to 700 jobs in the development stage and up to 1,000 during the year of maximum activity of operation. The project is expected to produce 690 thousand ounces of gold.

Albermale to open two lithium processing plants and monitor water

The world's top lithium miner Albermale confirmed plans to open the La Negra III and IV lithium processing plants in Chile by next year, boosting the firm’s production capacity in the country to 85,000 tonnes. The company has filed a proposal for a network to monitor water flows beneath the Salar de Atacama. A team from Germany's Volkswagen visited Atacama last month to scope out the social and environmental impact of mining operations there.