Innovation and the Future of Mining in Chile

Chile is a hotbed for technological development in the quest for efficiencies. Kevin Norchi PHOTO: Courtesy of Ausenco Limited If a silver lining could be drawn from the downturn in the price of copper, it is that Chile has essentially been forced into becoming a global nucleus for technological innovation and engineering expertise. As mining companies focus on cutting costs while maintaining their levels of production, engineers have been tasked with developing efficiencies and fabricating creative solutions. While this is the case in mining jurisdictions around the world, Chilean mining e...

British Columbia, Yukon and Vancouver Mining 2017

Country: Canada • Industry: Mining • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: September 2017 • Authors: Laura Brangwin and Eduardo Arcos Executive Summary: As long-time mining jurisdictions, British Columbia and Yukon have recently seen increased exploration dollars benefiting from their political stability, improved commodity prices globally and a hub of geological talent in Vancouver. In B.C., the new NDP government has come to power at a turning point: production in both coal and copper has increased, complemented by advancements in technology and AI to optimize op...

    Bart Doyle, General Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power Chile

    Mainstream Renewable Power are at the forefront of Chile’s dramatic increase in renewable energy production. How has the renewable energy landscape evolved over the past several years? Mainstream has been in Chile since 2008, and we are one of the longest independent renewable energy developers here. From 2008 to 2012, there was a very small market for renewable power and the larger consumers did not really consider renewable energy as a serious option. All of that started to change in 2013, particularly with the tender at the end of 2014, which was the first public distribution tender whe...

    Matthew Hogan, Chairman, and Kumar Arunachalam, CEO, Venus Metals

    Venus Metals has a varied portfolio of different mineral deposits and is currently concentrating on meeting growing demand for the minerals required by batteries. Venus Metals has multiple projects across several different commodities. What is the company’s focus for 2017? MH: Our focus is in commodities surrounding the battery space including zinc, cobalt, lithium and vanadium. The cobalt market looks very exciting as a stand out commodity going forward because of the price and the current trajectory of supply and demand. Supply is predominantly out of the DRC at the moment, and we have ...

    A New Wave of Exploration in Chile

    As the copper price continues to surge, having recently reached a three-year high of $3.11 per lb as of September 6, 2017, and lithium remains in high demand, Chile’s exploration portfolio should receive the influx in investment capital required to move projects forward. Kevin Norchi PHOTO: Courtesy of Ausenco Limited Copper and Gold Projects If there is any indication that the majors have regained their interest in investing in exploration, it begins with Goldcorp’s recent acquisition of Exeter Resource Corporation, which was completed in August 2017. Chilean Metals is also one of the ...

    Jamie Lyons, Owner, Atlas Drilling

    GBR Connect Series Atlas Drilling is prepared for an increase in activity in British Columbia. Could you please give us an overview of Atlas Drilling? Since we aquired Atlas Drilling in 2006, we expanded from three rigs to just over 30. We originally only had skid-mounted drill rigs, but when we purchased F Boisvenu Drilling, this gave us underground and fly drilling capabilities which we have expanded dramaticly. We operate in most of the major mines in British Columbia, including Red Chris, Mount Polley, Gibraltar, and Afton. We also own Interior Helicopters, which makes it easier for us t...

    MINPER – PERUMIN Official Investment Guide 2017

    Country: Peru • Industry: Mining • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: September 2017 • Authors: Alfonso Tejerina, Imara Salas, Laura Brangwin Executive Summary: PERUMIN delegates expect to feel an optimistic vibe during the Arequipa convention starting September 18th, as copper prices move closer to $3/lb levels and exploration programs continue to pick up globally as well as in Peru. In this auspicious context, and in partnership with Peru’s Institute of Mining Engineers, Global Business Reports has once again produced the Official Investment Guide of the ev...

    MACIG 2018 PRE-RELEASE II

    Country: Africa Countries • Industry: Mining • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: September 2017 • Authors: Lindsay Davis, Laura Brangwin, Anne-Laure Perrin Klein Executive Summary: In producing the Mining in Africa Country Investment Guide (MACIG) in partnership with the African Mining Indaba, what is clear is how quickly the investors’ sentiment across Africa can dramatically change year-on-year in reaction to social and political developments and the uptick in the mining sector globally, hence the need for regular analysis increases. Home to the African Minin...

    Western Australia Mining 2017 E&MJ Release

    Country: Australia • Industry: Mining • Publication: Engineering & Mining Journal • Release Date: September 2017 • Authors: Elisa Iannacone, Lindsay Davis, Alice Pascoletti Executive Summary: A change in government in March brought some uncertainty to WA at a time when the iron ore giant was forced to look to alternative commodities given fluctuating market prices. With a forward-thinking mentality and an appetite for risk, Australian miners are seeking alternative outlets for their extractive prowess, particularly looking to projects that will address the global need for lithi...

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