Production guidance at the Argentine mine for 2018 is 85,000oz gold and 3.75Moz silver.
The US$96mn contract was awarded to Chinese firm Maison Engineering to build a lithium carbonate plant, just weeks after a contract was awarded for a lithium battery plant.
BNamericas spoke with Santiago Kim, general manager of Posco E&C, the company that will build in Chile the first lithium cathode plant in Latin America, about its experience in the sector, the consortium it is forming with Samsung SDI for the plant and opportunities in other countries of the so-called Lithium Triangle.
Companies operating in Ecuador, Mexico and Nicaragua provide updates on their exploration programs.
The Canadian company is matching exploration plans of other miners in Peru such as Volcan, Buenaventura, Minsur and Trevali Mining as the industry bets on long-term copper and zinc price gains.
The acquisition brings nitrogen production assets into the Norwegian company's Brazil portfolio.