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Chile's antitrust court rejects appeals against Tianqi deal

By: Reuters     31st October 2018 Chile's antitrust court on Tuesday rejected appeals filed against its authorization of Tianqi Lithium's $4.1-billion purchase of a stake in lithium producer SQM, Tianqi said on Tuesday. The decision marks the latest legal victory for Tianqi, a Chinese miner seeking to acquire 2%of Chile's SQM,... 

Greenpeace Africa affirms Mpumalanga is a nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Greenpeace Africa states that analysis from satellite data between June 1 and August 31 shows that Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot across six continents. The data points to coal and transport as the two principal sources of the nitrogen dioxide air... 

Lithium giant clears hurdle in $4.1bn SQM stake buyout

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 China’s Tianqi Lithium cleared a major hurdle in its bid to buy a $4.1-billion stake in SQM, the world’s second-largest producer of the mineral used in electric-vehicle batteries. On Thursday, Chile’s constitutional court declared inadmissible a suit questioning whether an agreement between... 

Chilean gov't to seek international arbitration over Albemarle contract

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 The Chilean government said on Wednesday it would seek international arbitration over what it alleged was the failure of lithium miner Albemarle Corp to adhere to the terms of a contract drawn up in 2016. The State development agency Corfo said Albemarle had failed to reply to an agreement to... 

Chile's State copper firm outlines lifeline plan for Salvador mine

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Chile's State copper miner, Codelco, has submitted an environmental impact assessment of its plans to overhaul its aging Salvador deposit that would sharply increase its production and extend its life by 40 years. The Rajo Inca project would convert the existing mine, which has been in operation... 

Codelco faces smelter disruptions in struggle to meet standards

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 Codelco plans to suspend operations at two of its four smelters for several weeks as the world’s largest copper producer falls behind schedule in complying with tougher emission rules in Chile by mid-December. Smelters at the Chuquicamata and Salvador mines will be halted for 75 days and 45... 

Chile environmental court orders Barrick to close Pascua-Lama gold mine

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 Chile's environmental court on Friday ordered Canada's Barrick Gold to definitively close the Chilean side of its stalled Pascua-Lama mining project, a final procedural step that draws a line under a long-running saga. The court, sitting in the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta, approved by... 

Chilean court freezes sale of stake in lithium giant SQM to Tianqi

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 SANTIAGO – A Chilean court on Thursday suspended the sale of a coveted stake in lithium producer SQM to China's Tianqi Lithium, saying it will consider a lawsuit filed by the Chilean company's controlling shareholders, who oppose the deal. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, alleges a previous... 

SQM controlling shareholder moves to block stake sale to China's Tianqi

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 The controlling shareholder in Chilean lithium producer SQM on Wednesday filed suit with Chile's Constitutional Court to block a deal allowing the sale of nearly one-fourth of the miner to China's Tianqi Lithium. The lawsuit alleges that Chile's antitrust court last week failed to follow due... 

Chilean lithium miner seen profiting from 'explosive' EV growth

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Electric vehicles may be commonplace sooner than most people think, and that could signal a bonanza for Chilean lithium producer Soc. Quimica y Minera de Chile. Larrain Vial, Chile’s largest brokerage firm, sees global EV penetration at almost 21% by 2025, well above the market consensus of 8%... 

Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

Foreign-backed miner hopes to begin Chilean lithium project in 2020

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Foreign-backed Salar Blanco expects to begin construction on its lithium mining project at the beginning of 2020 in Chile's north, once its environmental permit is approved by the government. The approval process for the necessary environmental permit for the initiative, which includes an... 

Barrick's Bristow bet seen as boosting South America revival

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2018 Mark Bristow built a reputation as the developer and operator of lucrative mines in Africa. Now the world’s biggest gold mining company is betting he can do the same in another complex region, South America. The Randgold Resources founder is set to become CEO of Barrick Gold after Barrick said... 

BHP's Spence copper mine in Chile partially closed following fire

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Global miner BHP Billiton said on Thursday that a fire at its Spence copper mine in Chile had forced it to partially shut down operations. No one was injured in the fire, which has since been extinguished, the company said. 

Kidman, SQM may have to forfeit lithium mine after Australian govt ruling

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Australia's Kidman Resources and Chilean partner SQM may lose their right to develop the Mount Holland lithium project after a recommendation by a unit of the West Australian government that regulates mining leases. Kidman had asked the Western Australia Department of Mines for an exemption to... 

Ausenco leads the charge to address slurry pipeline failure rates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2018 Consulting, engineering and project delivery firm Ausenco has organised the first, focused pipeline user’s symposium, to be held in Santiago, Chile, at the end of October, to discuss a framework to address the high mean failure rate of slurry pipelines. Ausenco VP for pipeline consulting, JP... 

Chilean copper miner Codelco halts Ventanas furnaces over gas levels

By: Reuters     4th September 2018 Chilean State miner Codelco halted the operations of three out of four furnaces at its Ventanas copper foundry on Monday morning after high levels of sulphur dioxide were detected, it said in a statement. Codelco said levels of the gas went 20% over the accepted limit for five minutes, prompting... 

In Chilean desert, global thirst for lithium is fueling a 'water war'

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 On Chilean water regulator Oscar Cristi's desk, a small white espresso cup teeters atop piles of documents and loose folders that appear on the point of collapse, perhaps an apt metaphor for the growing water crisis in parts of the Andean country. Sitting in his eighth-floor office adjacent the... 

Chile's SQM expects lithium prices to dip in second half

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Chilean lithium miner SQM said it forecast lithium prices dropping as much as 10% in the second half of the year compared to the first but stressed it saw no problems with potential water restrictions in the Atacama salt flat where it operates. CEO Patricio de Solminihac said on a second-quarter... 

Chile says to clamp down on water rights in lithium-rich Salar de Atacama

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Chile is preparing major new restrictions on the extraction of water from the lithium-rich Salar de Atacama salt flats, home to top lithium miners Albemarle and SQM, the head of the country’s water authority told Reuters on Thursday. Water authority chief Oscar Cristi said in an exclusive... 

LX6 - The Latest Addition to the Medium Fidelity Simulator Range

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 Immersive Technologies the world’s largest supplier of surface and underground mining equipment simulators is  proudly  announcing  the  latest  addition  to its medium fidelity simulator range. The LX6 is a brand new medium fidelity simulator platform which offers the same  value  for early... 

Lydian Armenia Invests in Immersive Technologies’ Simulators to Rapidly and Safely Train Operators

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 In an effort to train and develop a local workforce for a greenfield operation Lydian Armenia invested in simulators with Professional Services from Immersive Technologies. The new mine has a 4km downhill loaded haul with up to 10 percent grade, creating additional need for operators to be... 

Workers at Chile's Escondida, world's top copper mine, ink contract

By: Reuters     18th August 2018 The union representing workers of Chilean copper mine Escondida signed a new collective labor contract on Friday, ending the risk of a strike that could have paralyzed the world's biggest copper mine. Mine operator BHP had said earlier in the week that terms had been reached but the union needed... 

Union for Chilean mine Caserones accepts revised contract, averting strike

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 The main union for Chilean mine Caserones has accepted a revised contractual offer from the copper company, which averted the threat of a strike, according to an internal memo sent to workers early on Friday. An agreement between the union and the mining company, controlled by JX Holding and... 

Chile's Escondida says deal reached with union on new contract

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Management at the world's largest copper mine, Chile's Escondida, said it struck a deal on Wednesday on a new labour contract with the union representing most of its workers. Union officials could not be reached for immediate comment on the agreement, which could signal labor peace after last... 

Battery boom spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2018 The giant rocky outcrop known by locals as La Cobaltera offers a glimpse into northern Chile’s mining past, and a hint of its future. Slag from an ancient furnace is piled at the entrance of a mine shaft that hasn’t seen commercial activity since World War II. Inside, eucalyptus posts still... 

China's Ganfeng buys SQM's stake in lithium project for $87.5m

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Chile's SQM, one of the world's largest lithium producers, said on Monday that it agreed to sell its 50% stake in the Cauchari-Olaroz project in Argentina to China's Ganfeng Lithium for $87.5-million. The deal also stipulates that Ganfeng will pay SQM an additional $50-million if the project's... 

Most unions at Chile's El Teniente copper mine accept contract

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Four of the five labor unions representing workers at the El Teniente copper mine in Chile have accepted the latest contract offer from state mining company Codelco, union leaders told Reuters. "The contract was approved by an ample margin after the company improved its offer," said Guillermo... 

SQM says to overtake Albemarle as world's top lithium producer by 2022

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 Chilean miner SQM said on Wednesday it would overtake competitor Albemarle as the world's top producer of lithium by 2022, boosting its production capacity that year to 28% of the world's total versus the US-based Albemarle's 16%. SQM Vice President Daniel Jimenez said in a presentation at a... 

Teck gets approval to expand Quebrada Blanca mine in Chile

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 Teck Resources said on Wednesday it had received regulatory approval for its $4.8-billion Phase 2 project at its Quebrada Blanca copper mine in northern Chile, a sprawling expansion that will boost production from the deposit to 300 000 t/y of copper. The environmental approvals will allow the... 

Humiliated for years, women are fighting back in mines of Chile

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2018 he first time Karen Requena entered the cafeteria at BHP Billiton’s massive Escondida mining operation in northern Chile, she couldn’t help feeling countless eyes fixed on her body as she walked across the vast hall. “It can’t get worse than that,” she thought. Then as Requena looked for a place... 

Chile lithium exports more than double in July from previous year

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Chile's exports of lithium carbonate reached $85-million in July, more than double that of the same month the previous year, as demand and prices for the key component in electric vehicle batteries continues to rise, the central bank said on Tuesday. The value of exports of the metal from Chile,... 

BHP asks for government mediation in talks at Chile's Escondida

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Miner BHP said on Monday that it had formally requested a period of government mediation with the union at its Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world's largest, prompting the union to postpone the start of a strike approved by workers. The two parties will meet, together with a government... 

Union at Chile's Escondida sets deadline for negotiations ahead of strike

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 The union at BHP 's Escondida mine in Chile, the world's biggest copper mine, has told the company it should prove its willingness to negotiate by Monday morning if seeks to strike a deal with workers ahead of a pending strike, according to an internal union communication obtained by Reuters.... 

Chilean workers vote to strike at world's biggest copper mine

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Workers at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine in Chile, the world's biggest copper mine, have voted to reject a company wage offer and go on strike, according to a communique sent to Reuters on Thursday. A total of 2 330 members voted on strike action, with 1 955 supporting it and 370 accepting the... 

Chile says lithium miner Albemarle slow to respond on contract details

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Chile's government said on Monday that lithium miner Albemarle had been slow to respond to the government's requests for information about a contract the US-based miner signed with the South American country in 2016. The contract allows Albemarle to produce lithium on land owned by the Chilean... 

Union official at Chile's Escondida mine predicts 'overwhelming' vote against BHP offer

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 The union at BHP's Escondida mine in Chile, the world's largest copper mine, is expected to overwhelmingly reject the final contract offer from the Anglo-Australian miner, increasing the likelihood of a strike, a union leader told Reuters on Monday. Union members have until Wednesday to finish... 

Workers at Codelco's Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile walk off job

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Workers at Codelco's Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile, the state miner's second largest by output, walked off the job on Monday morning in protest at the "unjustified layoff" of two workers, union leaders told Reuters. Chuquicamata Union No. 1, 2, and 3, as well as Antofagasta Union No. 1... 

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