Floods halt Chilean lithium, potash and iodine production
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
The torrential rain has prompted the Chilean government to
declare a state of emergency, with several other mining