Copper producer seeks desalination provider for BOOT project

Chilean mining operator Codelco is calling for expressions of interest for a desalination plant to supply four of its mines in Antofagasta region.

Chuquicama copper mine in Chile is operated by Codelco, the world's largest copper producer

Chuquicama copper mine in Chile is operated by Codelco, the world's largest copper producer

The state-owned copper producer wants to sign a build-own-operate transfer (BOOT) agreement with a local or international company or consortium to build a 630 litres a second (54,000 m3/d) desalination plant, with potential to expand to 145,000 m3/d.

The $1.2 billion project includes marine works, a desalination plant, 160 kilometres of pipeline and pumping equipment, and electrical infrastructure.

Codelco has secured land rights and permissions for the project, which will supply four mines – Chuquicamata (above), Radomiro Tomic, Ministro Hales, and Gabriela Mistra – in Antofagasta region.


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