Sandvik and Codelco started their automation cooperation at the mine in 2004.
Companies are planning a jointly owned plant in Chile.
First gold expected in early 2023
One Pot avoids the need for lithium hydroxide and the cost and effort of further processing.
Project expected to save Gold Fields US$7.4 milion in energy costs over the next decade.
Increasing concentrate production and seawater use
Rajo Inca expansion will increase the mine's production by 50%
Technology trials aim to improve processes in Chilean mining and make them safer.
Company will need to find an exit to current contracts with coal-based power generators.
Peru, Chile, Spain assets entered framework for responsible production.
The new facility will put the company in a position to save on trucking costs and toll mill fees.
Partners claim new technology will enable extraction from low-concentration lithium salars.