Puerto de Mejillones, the operator of northern Chile's region II Mejillones bulk cargo terminal, saw cargo handling rise by 17% in 2010 compared with the previous year.
The port began transferring sulfuric acid for Barrick Gold's Zaldívar copper mine in 2010 and credited increased sulfuric acid and coal operations, which reached a record 400t/month, for its growth.
Sulfuric acid handling is expected to continue growing in 2011 as the port takes on new clients including Noracid, the firm said in a release that did not provide the total tonnage figure for the year.
Mejillones invested some US$30mn in 2010 to improve its handling capacity, including construction of five new storage tanks with total capacity of 200,000t.
During 2011, the port operator will build a new truck loading facility with capacity to move more than 2Mt/y.