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Government of Chile hopes to define the model that the national lithium company will have, before the end of the year

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Chilean government hopes to have defined before the end of the year the model that a promised national lithium company will have to develop the listed light metal, Mining Minister Marcela Hernando was quoted as saying by a local newspaper on Sunday.

In the South American country, the world's second largest producer of the key component for electric car batteries, only the private giants Albemarle and SQM operate with facilities in the rich Salar de Atacama.

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