Chilean Court of Appeals suspends lithium bidding process

The Chilean Judicial Branch reported this Friday that the Copiapó Court of Appeals ordered the suspension of the lithium bidding process, after the controversy that arose in the country after the announcement by the Ministry of Mining.

According to the Telesur web portal, the Court made the decision after admitting the processing of a protection appeal filed by the regional governor of Atacama, Miguel Vargas, as well as indigenous communities, against the lithium bidding process in the north of Chili.

The Court also gave ten days for the Minister of Mining, Juan Carlos Jobet, and the Undersecretary of that entity, Edgar Blanco Rand, to present reports on the awards for the exploitation of lithium.

"Official for the purpose of notifying the respondent by the most expeditious means of the filing of this appeal and the granting of an order not to innovate, attaching a copy of the appeal and of this resolution," indicated the Judicial Branch.

The Chilean Ministry of Mining reported on January 12 that two quotas, of the five available, of 80.000 tons of lithium each, for a total of 121 million dollars, were awarded to the companies BYD Chile SpA and Mining Services and Operations. Northern SA 

After the rejection of various sectors of the country for this action, a group of opposition deputies filed an appeal with the Comptroller General to request that the legality of the bidding process be investigated.



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