Floods halt Chilean lithium, potash and iodine production

By Laura Syrett, Josie Shillito
Published: Monday, 30 March 2015

Freak rainfall has caused Chile's SQM, the world's largest producer of lithum, to suspend some of its Atacama desert salar plants as a precautionary measure. Other companies with assets in the region, such as Albermarle, may follow suit if weather conditions continue to hinder operations, while Argentinian lithium projects are also rumoured to have been affected.

Heavy rainfall and flooding in Chile's Atacama desert has forced lithium and potash miner Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) to suspend several of its operations in the country.

The torrential rain has prompted the Chilean government to declare a state of emergency, with several other mining companies, including...

This is a preview of the full article

Our market news and price data is reserved for registered users only.

Current customer? Login now

All of our industrial minerals price data and news is now available only through our new platform. Learn more about the intelligence we offer by visiting our Fastmarkets flagship website. If you are familiar with our reliable and trusted intelligence, fill out a request a quote form today to hear from our friendly sales staff who will create a custom license for you.


           



Interested in lithium prices? We now offer lithium prices and coverage free for reference. Click here to read all about it.

Interested in the wider electrification market?
Join our growing community of participants who want to learn more about electrification and how this market is developing.