The Chilean state copper miner plans to build the desalination plant of the project to supply its four northernmost mines.
Toronto-based Orvana has outlined an investment plan through 2023, mining minister César Navarro said.
An analyst tells BNamericas that despite President Temer's readiness to address the sector's demands, a near term solution is not in the cards.
Vancouver-based exploration companies provide updates on projects in Chile, Mexico and Argentina.
The Brazilian steelmaker is producing flat steel to be used in tubes at Neuquén's Fortín de Piedra gas exploration concession.