Using UF to pretreat Chile's SWRO mining desalination plants

Frans Knops, Manuel Garcia de la Mata, Cristian Mendoza Fajardo and Estanislao Kahne, X-Flow BV, Netherlands

Two desalination plants are described in this article to illustrate the use of ultrafiltration (UF) as pretreatment to seawater reverse-osmosis (RO) desalination in Chile. One plant (Gas Atacama) was commissioned in June 2011 and has since been operated successfully.

A second plant is currently under construction.

This article first appeared in the August/September 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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