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  • General 2015-05-10
    Escondida is the world's largest copper producer, producing copper from open pit mining. Escondida is also one of the lowest cost copper producers. Minera Escondida produces copper concentrate by means of the sulphide ore flotation process, and also produces copper cathodes using the oxide ore leaching and low-grade sulphide bio-leaching processes. The Company moves around 360 million tonnes of mineral annually. The infrastructure consists of two open pit mines (Escondida and Escondida Norte, which is located 5 kilometres from Escondida), two concentrator plants (Laguna Seca and Los Colorados), an electro-winning plant to produce cathodes from oxide and sulphide ore, and two pipelines that transport copper concentrate from the mine to the filter plant, which is also owned by the Company and is located at the Port of Coloso, in the far south area of the city of Antofagasta. A seawater desalinisation plant was recently built in that same area to supply part of the operation's water consumption. As of December 2006, Escondida employees totalled 5,737 of whom 2,951 are direct employees and 2,786 are contractors.

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  • Sustainability of the Salar de Atacama will be safeguarded by a joint effort between SQM and Albemarle 2016-07-21

    Albemarle Corp. Logo.CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) announced today that it's wholly owned subsidiary, Rockwood Lithium Ltda., and Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) have reached an...


  • Chile's Escondida copper mine to spend $180m on concentrator 2016-07-05
    Chile's Escondida, the world's biggest copper mine, said on Monday that it will invest $180-million to revamp an older concentrator plant with processing capacity of some 100 000 t/d. Escondida has three concentrators, and once all of them are up and running, the mine expects to produce around 1.2-million tonnes of copper annually for the next decade. The mine, nestled high in Chile's arid Atacama desert, produced 1.15-million tonnes in 2015.
  • Chile's Escondida copper mine looks to counteract falling ore grades 2016-04-08
    Chile's Escondida, the world's biggest copper mine, said it is banking on a new $4.2-billion concentrator, its third, and $3-billion water desalination plant to counteract falling ore grades and help boost production over the coming years. Once all three of its concentrators are up and running, Escondida expects to produce around 1.2-million tonnes of copper annually for the next decade. The mine, nestled high in Chile's arid Atacama desert, produced 1.15-million tonnes in 2015.
  • Albemarle granted permit to increase lithium brine extraction rates in Chile and enters into MOU with Chilean Government for 27-year lithium quota 2016-02-02

    Albemarle Corp. Logo.BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a premier specialty chemicals company and leader in the production of lithium and lithium derivatives, announced today that it has been granted approval by the Environmental Assessment Commission (CEA)...


  • US lithium firm Albemarle plans to more than double Chile output 2016-02-02
    US lithium producer Albemarle has signed a deal with Chile to significantly increase its output of lithium at a time when interest in the mineral that powers electric car batteries is heating up. Albemarle Corp unit Rockwood will invest between $400-million and $600-million in the next four years to increase its production of battery-grade lithium carbonate from Chile to 70 000 t from its current 24 000 t, the economy ministry said in a statement late Monday.

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