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...

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