Chile Mining News

Chile high court declines to weigh in on lithium spat at Maricunga

In a written decision, it said it was "the responsibility of the lower-court judge" who is reviewing the case and was not a constitutional issue.

Chile's SQM says will boost lithium capacity by 2021

Chilean miner SQM said on Thursday that it would invest $525 million to boost its lithium production capacity in Chile through 2021.

China tightens grip on global battery metals with Chile deal

Chengdu-based Tianqi is seeking to almost triple production capacity through 2020.

It's time to regulate the lithium cartel

There is an emerging oligopoly in one of the hottest elements on the periodic table, lithium.

China's Chilean entry raises doubts about lithium price outlook

SQM shares plunge after Tanqi Lithium acquisition seems to indicate cooling fervour for lithium assets.

China’s Tianqi Lithium buys minority stake in SQM for $4.1bn

The Asian firm has bought a 24% stake in Chile’s Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM), one of the world’s biggest lithium producers.

Anglo close to selling part of stake in giant Peruvian copper project

Quellaveco is one of the world’s largest untapped copper orebodies and Anglo’s board is set to decide later in the year whether or not to green-light development of the $5.5bn mine.

Chile copper mine Sierra Gorda closes following fatal accident

Roberto Venegasa, an employee of equipment supply firm Finning, died during routine maintenance work at the mine, the company said.

NuevaUnion gold and copper project to deliver EIA by end of 2018 -source

The project joins two mines - one belonging to Goldcorp and the other to Teck Resources.

Chile’s Caserones copper mine a pain in the neck for Japanese owners

The mine, behind schedule ever since it began producing in May 2014, has been affected by a series of technical problems in its ramp-up phase, costing its owners hefty impairment charges.

Nutrien speeds up sale of $4bn-stake in Chilean lithium giant SQM

The world’s largest potash miner said it expected to have an announcement on the matter by the end of June.

Private firm takes on Codelco for control of Chile lithium deposit

Australia's Lithium Power International and Canada's Bearing Lithium have sued Chile to block state-run Codelco from exploiting a lithium deposit where both have claims.

Antofagasta shares, half-year production hit by Los Pelambres pipeline blockage

The miner said it would take up to three months for stocks to return to normal, which will affect both projected output and sales in the six months ending June 30.

China lithium top player boosts investment in emerging Australian miner

Chinese companies continue to aggressively try securing steady supply of lithium, a key ingredient in the making of batteries that power electric cars.

Australian lithium miner, Chile's SQM choose site for new plant in West Australia

Kidman Resources has chosen a site in Kwinana, Western Australia with Chilean joint venture partner SQM to develop a lithium processing plant.

Battery metals supply crunch to slow near-term EVs growth — Moody's

Lack of new projects, investment deficit and increasing political risk will hit supply of cobalt, lithium, copper and nickel, key metals for making the batteries that power electric cars.

Australia’s Galaxy hires JP Morgan to advise on $376m-lithium project options

Australian lithium producer Galaxy Resources said it was evaluating “strategic options” for its project in Argentina, which remains in the feasibility stage.

Why the lithium bears are wrong

What the bears seem to have in common is the belief that a rush of new lithium supply will soon hit the market.

Chilean tribunal gives Dominga iron ore-copper project a second chance

Antofagasta’s First Environmental Tribunal decided to reverse a decision that forbade the Dominga copper and iron ore project from going forward.

China says Chile move to block $5bn SQM lithium deal could be harmful

If China’s Tianqi grabs a stake in Chile’s SQM, the world’s lowest cost lithium miner, it would mean the top three producers would control at least 80% of the total market, Chile’s government has said.

Chilean government promises funding for Codelco

Then Mining Minister said Codelco has to keep up production levels so that it can remain Chile and the world’s No.1 copper miner.

World's lithium king is ready to unleash a flood of new supply

Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA sits on the world’s richest deposit of lithium and already produces more than 20 percent of the global supply.

Strip-club promos vie with gender equality at mining expo

The week-long Expomin event in Chile offered a glimpse at both how far the industry has come -- and how far it has to go.

Chile copper mine Escondida says no early wage agreement reached

The official deadline to start contract discussions begins in June.

Lower copper grades take toll on Antofagasta first quarter output

Copper production fell to 153,800 tonnes from 171,900 tonnes, due mostly to lower grades at the company's Centinela and Los Pelambres mines.