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29 Jul 2020 SANTIAGO
A top environmental judge in Chile renewed a call for a government-vetted water study to help stamp out lingering questions about sustainability that have cast a pall over Chile’s lithium-rich Salar de Atacama. Water - both fresh and saline, where the lithium lies - has long been a sticking point for miners at Atacama, one of the world’s richest reserves of the ultralight battery metal...
12 Feb 2020 SANTIAGO, Chile
The world’s largest copper mine, Escondida, announced 4 February that it has reconsidered plans to continue water extractions from the vulnerable Atacama salt flats in Chile, and advance deployment of desalination technology.While rich in copper and lithium deposits, Chile’s Atacama region presents severe operating challenges for extraction companies...
26 Mar 2019 SANTIAGO
Antofagasta needs access to water for the future development of its Zaldivar copper deposit, which is near BHP`s Escondida mine, the world`s largest copper mine. Zaldivar`s size, however, does not justify investing in its own desalination plant to bring water in from the Pacific ocean, Antofagasta has said...
19 Nov 2018 LONDON, United Kingdom
The UK board of Antofagasta Mining has approved a $1.3 Billion USD expansion for its Los Pelambres copper mine in Chile which has historically attracted controversy related to water use / stewardship.The company is planning to commence construction early next year and to start production in 2021. Annual copper production from the project is anticipated to increase from 40,000t in the first year at the expanded throughput to 70,000t towards the end of a 15-year period, according to recent information Mining-Technology...
31 Aug 2018 SANTIAGO, Chile
Chilean water authorities announced August 23 that the government is preparing new restrictions on the extraction of water from the lithium-rich Salar de Atacama salt flats. Existing permits allow for extraction that is six times more than what the Atacama aquifer can sustain, teleSUR reprted. The new limitations will affect operations at BHP’s Escondida copper mine and Antofagasta’s Zaldivar mine...
21 Nov 2016 SANTIAGO
SNC-Lavalin of Montreal has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), one of the largest copper producers in the world, for the replacement of its effluent treatment plant at the Chuquicamata copper smelter, located in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile.
18 Oct 2016 SANTIAGO, Chile
Chile's environmental regulator, SMA, on October 13th announced plans to bring nine charges against Antofagasta Minerals’ Los Pelambres copper mine in the Coquimbo Region for failing to comply with its environmental permit.The charges could lead to a fine of $23.8 million USD, or temporary or indefinite closure of the mine, Reuters reported...
20 May 2016 SANTIAGO, Chile
Mining company Antofagasta announced this week that it had finally reached an agreement with local community members over a tailings dam at its Los Pelambres copper mine in central Chile.Addressing shareholders in London this week, Antofagasta Chairman Jean-Paul Luksic said the agreement with residents of the town of Caimanes "addresses certain requirements set down by courts in Chile and will see Los Pelambres invest in future water supply solutions, safety measures, community development projects and compensation...
11 Nov 2015 SANTIAGO, Chile
Copper mines in Chile will get half their water supply from desalination by 2026, a new report by Chilean state copper commission Cochilco predicts.According to the report, “Projected water consumption in 2026 mining” (available here in Spanish), copper producers’ freshwater consumption will drop to a total of 10...
30 Oct 2015 SANTIAGO
A proposed diversion of the Maipo River to create the Alto Maipo hydroelectric complex would deprive the river of its ecological flow for 70 kilometers as its waters are channeled underground for a drainage system of tunnels. The beneficiary of this project is the Los Pelambres mine of Antofagasta Minerals.
5 May 2015 VALPÀRAISO, Chile
The Chilean government last week announced $169 million USD worth of new water supply projects for the city of Valpàraiso.According to the Ministry of Public Works, the projects include construction of dams and desalination plants, as well as projects aimed at decreasing water shortages in rural areas...
30 Apr 2015 LONDON
Chile-focused copper miner Antofagasta has scaled back its production guidance for 2015 after first-quarter output was affected by numerous water issues at its Los Pelambres and Centinela projects. The company said it expects to mine 15,000 tonnes less than its original forecast of 710,000 tonnes.