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Tesla negotiates with Chile's largest lithium producer

Chile, though, is popular with investors for its free-market credentials, while the dry desert climate is perfect for lithium production according to U.S. Geological Survey mineral commodity specialists. The key lithium site in Chile is the vast Salar de Atacama salt flat, where local firm SQM PB is active. Photo:  Wikipedia, credit: Flavio Moura
Chile, though, is popular with investors for its free-market credentials, while the dry desert climate is perfect for lithium production according to U.S. Geological Survey mineral commodity specialists. The key lithium site in Chile is the vast Salar de Atacama salt flat, where local firm SQM PB is active. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: Flavio Moura
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Markku Björkman - 18 Feb 2018

Chilean company SQM and Tesla are considering investing in the production of Lithium prior to the increase in the production rate of Teslas electric car Model 3, according to the Financial Times.

The electric car manufacturer can undertake to build a factory in Chile to produce the lithium needed for the batteries, "said Eduardo Bitran, Chilean Development Authority Corfo, to the Financial Times.

- With a growing range of lithium, Chile is the key to any company that wants to become global in electric car manufacturing, said Eduardo Bitran.

 - Being close to Chile or having a strategic alliance in Chile becomes a strategic factor for a company like Tesla, he said.

SQM resolved recently a long-term conflict with Corfo, which means that the company can now quadruple lithium production through 2026.

Tesla has had difficulty meeting the production targets for Model 3, due in part to problems with battery production in Nevada.

Source: Financial Times
 

Cobalt mine in Democratic Republic Congo. About half of all mined cobalt comes from DRC, mainly from the province of Katanga. The mining takes place close to towns and villages. Local communities regularly are cut off from their farmland and water sources near mines, without having had a say in the matter. There are several examples of forced relocations of entire villages. Inhabitants of the village Kishiba, for example, were forced to move to make way for Frontier, a cobalt and copper mine. Their new homes in Kimfumpa lack the most basic of services such as clean water, fertile farmland, schools and health care. Photo: ECCJ Secretariat
Cobalt mine in Democratic Republic Congo. About half of all mined cobalt comes from DRC, mainly from the province of Katanga. The mining takes place close to towns and villages. Local communities regularly are cut off from their farmland and water sources near mines, without having had a say in the matter. There are several examples of forced relocations of entire villages. Inhabitants of the village Kishiba, for example, were forced to move to make way for Frontier, a cobalt and copper mine. Their new homes in Kimfumpa lack the most basic of services such as clean water, fertile farmland, schools and health care. Photo: ECCJ Secretariat

Chinese control half of the Congo's cobalt