Bidding heats up for Atacama desalination project

Nine consortia of local and international companies are bidding for a desalination plant project in Atacama, Chile, reports Diaro Financiero.

The proposed new desalination plant will serve Caldera, Chañaral, Copiapó, and Tierra Amarilla

The proposed new desalination plant will serve Caldera, Chañaral, Copiapó, and Tierra Amarilla

They are Acciona Agua and Acciona Ifraestructura; Besalco and Aqualia; Dragados and Tedagua; Ferrovial Agroman and Cadagua; IDE Technologies; Inima and Claro Vincuna; Suez International and Degremont; Technicas Reunidas and Initec; and Valoriza and Sadyt.

The tender, which was brought forward by state-owned utility Econssa in March 2017, is for a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant with an eventual maximum capacity of 104,000 m3/d. It will serve the regions of Caldera, Chañaral, Copiapó, and Tierra Amarilla.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $250 million. Phase one, with an estimated cost of $100 million, is for 39,000 m3/d. Phase two is envisaged to add a further 39,000 m3/d, and phase three 26,000 m3/d.

August is the deadline for bids, and the contract award is expected in Q4 2017.


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