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Codelco Awards Desalination Project to Use Seawater in Calama

Mining News - Published on Wed, 06 Nov 2019

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Copper mining giant Codelco awarded the project for the development, construction and operation of a desalination plant and its complementary infrastructure to supply water to the Chuquicamata, Radomiro Tomic and Minister Hales divisions, which It will allow the company to gradually increase the use of seawater with respect to the use of mountain water in all its operations located in Calama. The project considers a seawater desalination plant with an initial design capacity of 840 l / s, with expansion potential at 1,956 l / s, which includes maritime works, a water supply system that will cover more than 160 kilometers, with pipes and the necessary electrical infrastructure to pump the water to more than 3,000 meters high. Piping will begin south of the city of Tocopilla and reach the industrial water reservoir for the supply of desalinated water in the Tomom Radomiro Division.

The tender was awarded by the consortium led by Marubeni Corporation (50%) and also formed by Transelec (30%) and Techint Chile (20%). Engineering, procurement and construction will be in charge of Techint Chile, while operations and maintenance will be in charge of the Aguas Nuevas-IDE-Transelec consortium.

Construction, which will require approximately 2,700 workers during its peak, is expected to begin the first quarter of 2020 and the plant to be operational in 2022.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 06 Nov 2019
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