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Municipal desalination plant planned for Chile's Copiapó

Construction of a municipal desalination plant will form part of urgent measures to address water shortages in the region around the Chilean city of Copiapó.

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Seven Seas appoints Lazard advisor to board

Desalination and advanced water treatment company Seven Seas Water announced on 27 June 2013 the appointment to its board of a former US Treasury deputy assistant secretary, Western Hemisphere.

ALADYR affiliates to International Desalination Association

The Asociación Latinoamericana de Desalación y Reuse del Agua (ALADYR) has become the newest affiliate organization to join the International Desalination Association (IDA), bringing to 15 the number of regional and association IDA affiliates around the world.

Escondida desalination is first Doosan job in Latin America

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction announced its first seawater desalination plant project in the Latin American market on 25 August 2013.

Doosan chooses BEL for Escondida pressure‑vessels

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has chosen BEL reverse‑osmosis (RO) membrane pressure‑vessels for its Escondida seawater RO project in Chile.

Rodrigo Turra

New Chile office and country chief for IDE Technologies

IDE Technologies has opened a new office in Chile and appointed Rodrigo Turra as country sales director.

ERI to supply two S American mining desalination plants

Two large contracts in desalination projects for the mining industry in South American were announced on 1 March 2012 by Energy Recovery Inc (ERI), which will be supplying its PX Pressure Exchangers to both projects.

CaribDA to sponsor Chile desalination seminar

The Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA) announced on 14 October 2010 that it would be a sponsor of a seminar on Desalination, Innovations & Sustainable Development to be held in Antofagasta, Chile, during 29 November - 1 December 2010.

Environnement in global revamp

Suez Environnement has merged its Degrémont subsidiary into its international operating division under a major restructuring of the group's operations outside of Europe that will create five new regional businesses.

From top left: Juan Miguel Pinto, Energy Recovery Inc, Guillaume Clairet, H20 Innovation, Renato Ramos, Dow Water & Process Solutions, and Miguel Angel Sanz, Suez

The experts' pick of the panels at IDA World Congress 2017

The crack team behind the technical program at IDA World Congress 2017 in Sau Paulo, Brazil, have selected their personal not-be-missed favourite sessions from a packed line-up.

Opportunities await at IDA World Congress 2017 in Brazil

Latin America, and particularly Brazil, is a big user of desalination and water reuse technology, and there is huge potential for the growth of these technologies in the region, writes Emilio Gabbrielli, president of the International Desalination Association (IDA).

FCC appoints new chief

FCC Group - the parent of desalination company, FCC Aqualia - has appointed Carlos M Jarque as its new chief executive officer.

ALADYR is seeking technical papers for its Congress 2018 in Chile

Call for papers for LatAm Congress 2018

ALADYR, the Latin America desalination and water reuse association, has put out a call for technical papers for presentation at its upcoming International Congress on desalination and water reuse in Santiago, Chile.

Juan Miguel Pinto is confident that Latin America’s market for desalination and reuse projects is poised for growth. The question is not if, but when?

Interview: Juan Miguel Pinto, ALADYR president

The new president of ALADYR, the Latin America desalination and water reuse association, sees his organisation as a window onto the region for international companies. His big aim is to step up events during 2018, taking knowledge of desalination and reuse out to the market.

'We all, as a global community, cannot afford to use water once and dispose of it.' Peter Nichol, CH2M global market director

Q&A: Peter Nicol, CH2M global market director, on Brazil's reuse policy

Peter Nicol, global market director for CH2M, outlines how the firm is helping to develop Brazil's action plan for a national water reuse policy

Private players are reshaping desalination says report

Private water companies are "reshaping global desalination" with nine of the top ten capacity additions in 2015 coming from private sector players according to market researcher Bluefield Research.

Chile mulls desalination for drought-blighted regions

Chile's chamber of deputies has approved a resolution calling for an investigation into the feasibility of building desalination plants and prioritizing regions hardest hit by drought.

Chile's copper mines will turn to desalination for half their water

Desalination will provide half the water demand of Chile's copper mining industry by 2026, according to findings in a report by the Chilean state copper commission, Cochilco.

Mining firm strikes funding deal for desalination plant at planned mine

Mining firm, White Mountain Titanium, has agreed a deal with US private equity company, Nexo Capital Partners, to fund, construct and manage a desalination plant to form part of White Mountain's planned Cerro Blanco mining project in Chile.

Chilean mining firm strikes desalination deal with water protesters

Chilean copper mining company, Antofagasta, has struck a deal with demonstrators from the town of Salamanca in the Choapa River Valley who had been blocking access to its Los Pelambres mine in Chile, in protest against the mine's consumption of water amid severe water scarcity in the region.

Acciona forecasts Chilean desalination surge on back of revitalized copper mining

Spanish clean energy and water company, Acciona, has forecast a surge in demand for desalination plants in Chile as the country's copper mining industry expands.

FCC Aqualia bags Chile deals

Water management company FCC Aqualia, has won two water supply and purification contracts in Chile's mining and petrochemical industries worth a total of € 27 million (US$ 30.7 million).

Aqualogy starts up copper mine desalination plant in Chile

Aqualogy has inaugurated the operation and maintenance of a US$ 100 million reverse osmosis desalination plant built for the Mantoverde copper mine.

Doosan Enpure secures Escondida pretreatment contract

Doosan Enpure has secured a US$ 17 million contract to design, procure and supply the pretreatment plant for the desalination part of the Escondida Water Supply Project at the world's largest copper mine in Chile's Atacama desert.

Chilean politicians launch mining desalination bill

A cross-party group of eight deputies in the lower house of the Chilean national congress has submitted a bill to require mining companies using more than 150 L/s of water for extraction purposes to install seawater desalination equipment.

Bechtel contract for Escondida desalination project

BHP Billiton has contracted Bechtel to provide engineering, project management and construction services for the water supply to the Escondida copper mine in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile.

EIS filed for SWRO desalination plant for Chile fishery

An environmental impact study (EIS) has been filed by Seven Seas Water Chile SpA for the Bahía Caldera Desalination Plant in Chile's Region III.

Abengoa to build power-plant RO project in Chile

Spanish contractor Abengoa has been selected by Chilean energy company AES Gener to develop a reverse-osmosis desalination plant for the Angamos power plant.

Black & Veatch to engineer Escondida desalination work

Black & Veatch has been selected as the engineer of record for the marine works and desalination components on the US$ 3.43 billion Escondida Water Supply (EWS) project in Chile.

Billiton clears finance for 216,000 m³/d Chile desalination

An investment of US$ 1,972 million was approved by mining giant BHP Billiton on 25 July 2013 for its 216,000 m³/d seawater desalination plant in Escondida, Chile.

ERI Q Series chosen for Acciona project in Chile

Spanish contractor Acciona Agua has chosen Energy Recovery Inc (ERI) energy-recovery equipment for its contract for the Minera CAP expansion desalination project in the Copiapó Valley in Chile's Atacama Region III, ERI announced on 16 July 2013.

Agbar subsidiary submits EIS for Chile desalination plant

An environmental impact study (EIS) has been submitted for the construction of a 1,000 L/s (86,400 ³/d) seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plant in the coastal town of Chañaral, near the city of Caldera in Chile's Region III.

Fundación Chile's demonstration plant at the opening ceremony

Chilean solar desalination demo precurses pilot project

A demonstration solar-powered desalination plant was installed in mid‑March 2013 in Arica, Chile, by Fundación Chile, in advance of a pilot project for irrigation purposes.

IDE sells more MVC desalination units to Chile

Austria's Andritz Energy & Environment has placed a purchase order for two more Mechanical Vapor Compression (MVC) desalination units from IDE Technologies for AES Norgener, a 280 MW coal-fired power station in Chile.

Nirosoft to build small SWRO plant in Chile

Chilean regional water utility Aguas De Altiplano has awarded a contract to Nirosoft Industries for a small seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant.

ALADYR conference in Antofagasta in October

Chile's desalination association, La Asociación Latino Americana de Desalación y Reuso del Agua (ALADYR), which was formed in 2010, is holding its third International Desalination Conference on 1‑2 October 2012.

License sought for seawater desalination plant in Chile

White Mountain Titanium Corporation announced on 26 April 2012 that it has applied for an access license to draw seawater for a planned desalination plant in Chile.

AWC in full production at new Tampa factory

American Water Chemicals (AWC) has resumed full production of its membrane water treatment chemicals following its recent move into a new 41,000 ft² (3,800 m²) building.

MBR/RO at heart of PepsiCo reuse plant in Chile

A membrane bioreactor (MBR), reverse osmosis (RO) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection are all part of a wastewater treatment and reuse plant upgrade being completed by Siemens Industry Automation Division for PepsiCo in Chile.

Acciona extends Chilean desalination contract work

Spanish group Acciona has been awarded an extension to its existing contract for the Copiapó desalination plant in the Atacama III region of Chile.

New EIA submitted for Antofagasta desalination plant

A revised environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been submitted by Aguas de Antofagasta for the 86,000 m³/d desalination plant for Antofagasta in Chile's Region II, according to Business News America on 21 September 2011.

Ministry reported to have rejected Chile desalination EIS

The Ministerio del Medio Ambiente (Environment Ministry) in Chile has apparently rejected the environmental impact study (EIS) produced by Suez subsidiary Agbar Chile for an 86,000 m³/d desalination plant in Northern Region III.

Chilean mine SWRO gets environmental approval

An environmental impact study (EIS) for a 26,000 m³/d desalination plant for a mining operation in northern Chile is reported to have been approved by the regional office of the Ministerio del Medio Ambiente (environment ministry).

Acciona to build RO plant for Chile mines

Spain's Acciona Agua has been selected by Grupo CAP to design, build, bring into service and operate for 20 years a seawater desalination plant to service mining operations in the Copiapó Valley in Chile's Atacama Region III.

Aqualia wins SWRO contract in Chile

Spanish company Aqualia has been awarded a contract worth about € 17 million to design and supply seawater reverse-osmosis equipment for a desalination plant in Chile, its first work in that country.

Severn-Trent wins Chilean mining desalination contract

US water and wastewater treatment company Severn Trent Services has been awarded a contract to provide a seawater desalination plant that will serve the potable and process water needs of the Minera Esperanza copper and gold mine in Antofagasta, Chile.

Seawater desalination plant for Chilean iron ore project

Chile's iron and steel producer CAP announced at the beginning of October 2009 that it will spend US$ 140 million to build a seawater desalination plant in Punta Totoralillo.

EIA submitted for 276,000m³/d RO plant in Chile

An environmental impact assessment (EIA) was filed in early September by Minera Escondida, operated by BHP Billiton, for its project Supplementary Desalinated Water Supply for Minera Escondida in Chile.

Koreans purchase Spanish desalination company

Spanish desalination and water treatment company Inima OHL Medio Ambiente has been bought by GS Engineering & Construction, a South Korean company based in Seoul.

Xylem to distribute GE membrane filtration products

Xylem Inc, the ITT water technology spin-off officially launched on 1 November 2011, has signed up to be GE's distribution partner into the public utilities market for its advanced membrane filtration products.

Five newcomers voted onto IDA board

Five new faces are among the 21 members voted to serve on the board of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for 2011-13 as a result of the elections which closed on 13 August 2011.

Dr Michael Lamminen

Parkson appoints international business director

Water recycling and treatment specialist Parkson Corporation has named Dr Michael Lamminen to a new post of international business director to market the company's lineup of cost-efficient and environmentally-sustainable technology around the world.

Pentair to buy CPT division from Norit

Pentair Inc is to acquire the Netherlands-based Clean Process Technologies (CPT) division of Norit Holding BV in the second quarter of this year for € 503 million (US$ 705 million), plus net debt at closing.

First IDA Young Leaders tour completed

The International Desalination Association (IDA) Young Leaders Program (YLP) recently concluded its first global Educational Tour, reaching out to more than 2,000 potential future desalters in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the USA.

Pentair to acquire Brazilian water-filter maker

Pentair Inc announced on 17 December 2010 an agreement to acquire Hidro Filtros do Brasil, a leading manufacturer of water filters and filtering elements for residential and industrial applications operating in Brazil and neighboring countries.

Suez's international business helped to drive group performance in 2016

Suez buoyed by strong International division

Suez has reported organic revenue growth of 1.1 per cent for the year ended December 2016, driven by a 4.7 per cent rise at its International division.

IDA announces election results for board

The International Desalination Association has announced the results of the elections to its board of directors for 2009-11.

Italmatch is continuing its global growth strategy through acquisition in Brazil

Italy's Italmatch snaps up Brazilian chemicals company

Italmatch Chemicals has acquired Sudamfos Do Brasil, a leading Brazilian distributor of phosphonate, phosphates, and other speciality chemical products, through new company Italmatch Do Basail Partipicoes.

Water industry leader Carlos Cosin has launched new venture Almar Water Solutions

New water company Almar Water Solutions launched by former Abengoa CEO

Almar Water Solutions, a new water infrastructure development company led by former Abengoa chief executive Carlos Cosin, was launched at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, January 2017.

Chris MacNee, chief executive of Hydrology, believes that Brazil offers opportunities for smaller operators

'Adjustable' desal plant in Brazil financed by project bond

UK water company Hydrology is to build and operate an "adjustable" desalination plant in Cubato in Sao Paulo state, Brazil, to supply industrial conglomerate Unigel.

A computer generated helicopter view of the proposed site of the new mega-size desal plant at Rosarito Beach, which is adjacent to the Rosarito Power Plant

Largest desal plant in the West gets the green light in Mexico

Consolidated Water's Mexico subsidiary NSC Agua, in consortium with the Mexican entities of NuWater and Degremont, has won a contract to build a seawater RO desalination plant at Rosarito Beach, from the government of Baja California, Mexico.

Turmoil and water stress create openings in Latin America

Market volatility, political changes, commodity prices, and water stress are "upending Latin America's municipal and industrial water landscape" according to a report by market analyst, Bluefield.

Veolia Peru wins operation deal for mine desalination

Veolia Peru, has won a three-year operation and maintenance contract for a 4.1 Ml/d reverse osmosis desalination plant at the Cerro Lindo multi metal mine owned by Lima-quoted exploration and mining firm, Milpo.

'We know that there is a pipeline of projects that is good to follow in Latin America.' Silvio Oliva, Fisia Italimpianti managing director

Q&A: Fisia's Silvio Oliva on why the Italian firm is expanding into Latin America

Fisia Italimpianti managing director Silvio Oliva says that the combination of demand for water treatment and desalination in Latin America makes the region a interesting prospect for investment.

New IDA board elected

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has elected its 2015-2017 board of directors.

Wastewater leads membrane chemicals charge

Growth in the global membrane chemical market to 2020, will be led by the wastewater sector according to market analyst Future Market Insights (FMI). And desalination was expected to witness the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.4% in the global membrane chemicals market between 2014 and 2020. 

IDA picks São Paulo as 2017 World Congress venue

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has selected São Paulo, Brazil as the venue for its 2017 World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse. The event will take place in the second half of 2017. Specific dates and details about the venue are being finalized.

Saudi and South Korea sign desalination deal

Saudi Arabia and South Korea have signed a water desalination agreement and a memorandum of understanding for technology transference to Saudi.

'We need to introduce a mix of public and private money.' Yves Besse, Veolia Water Technologies

'To unlock LatAm is social and political,' says Yves Besse

Yves Besse of Veolia Water Technologies speaks to Water. desalination + reuse about how to unlock the Latin American market

POSCO claims desalination first in Korea

Korean construction company POSCO E&C has completed the construction of what it claims to be the nation's first commercial seawater desalination plant.

Venezuela's largest desalination plant to start this year

Venezuela state-owned oil firm PDVSA expects by the end of the year to start operating a US$ 200 million seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant to provide water for oil refineries on the Paraguaná peninsula and drinking water for local communities.

Veolia gains Colombian produced-water clean-up contract

Ecopetrol America Inc, the US subsidiary of the Colombian national oil company, has awarded a contract to Veolia to provide equipment and services that will be used to treat the produced water from the Castilla oilfields in the Llanos Basin, southeast of Bogota.

Abengoa Water's expansion driven by pure R&D

Carlos Cosin Fernandez is currently the chairman and CEO of Abengoa Water, the water subsidiary of Abengoa Group, which has constructed desalination plants in Spain, North Africa, India and China, and is now looking at Latin America. Here he talks to D&WR editor, Robin Wiseman. This article first appeared in the February/March 2014 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

'It is extremely important to manage water better, through viable technologies.' Renato Ramos, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Q&A: Dow's Renato Ramos on how water tech can support Latin America

Renato Ramos, commercial director for Latin America at Dow Water & Process Solutions explains how intelligent use of water technology can support prosperity in Latin America

Water in Mining: Efficiency, Reuse, Water Management Strategies & Technologies will be hosted on 9 to 10 April 2019, in Toronto, Canada

Water in Mining 2019 unveils full speaker line-up

Water in Mining 2019 has unveiled its full conference programme packed with debate, knowledge sharing, networking, case studies, round tables and panel discussions on the latest in water management for mining companies.

'Project bankability is one of the big challenges,' Miguel Angel Sanz, IDA World Congress 2017 technical program chair

Highlights to watch at IDA World Congress 2017

Technical program chair Miguel Angel Sanz introduces his highlights from the line up at IDA World Congress 2017

Five newcomers voted onto IDA board

Five new faces were elected directly to the board of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for 2013‑15.

The new IDA board directors take up their post at IDA World Congress 2017 in Brazil

IDA unveils new board of directors

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has named its new board of directors for 2017 to 2019.

RWL group to acquire Argentinian membrane specialists

RWL Water Group is about to snap up its fourth acquisition after reaching agreement in principle to acquire a majority holding in Argentinian membrane-technology expert Unitek SA.

Nomination date nears for IDA's Young Leaders committee

Time is running short for nominations to the Program Committee of the International Desalination Association's Young Leaders Program.

Henry Charrabé is a protégé of investor Ronald Lauder, and is backed by him as CEO of newly created Fluence Corp

Interview: Henry Charrabe, Fluence Corp

Henry Charrabe, newly appointed chief executive of Fluence Corporation, the company formed in July by the merger of RWL Water and Emefcy, has worked for the business' major investor Ronald Lauder for 16 years.

IDA chooses San Diego for 2015 World Congress

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has selected San Diego, California, USA, as the site for its 2015 World Congress.

Canadians win RO contract in Peru

Canada's BluMetric Environmental Inc has been awarded a US$ 1.38 million contract to supply a reverse osmosis (RO) system to deliver high-quality process water at a new facility for a large diversified industrial chemicals producer in Peru.

'We have been more than 70 years working in the EPC market', Pedro Almagro, Abengoa Agua CEO

Interview: Pedro Almagro, CEO, Abengoa Agua

As comebacks go, Abengoa's has been pretty impressive. The company that has been through a traumatic one-and-a-half years, in April 2017 wowed the industry with a massive €240 million contract win from Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power.

SWRO plant providing 50% of potable water supply to the city of Antofagasta, Chile

Latin America: where modern desalination began

For several years, the author, currently on D&WR's editorial board, has enjoyed giving presentations on the history of desalination, especially for the benefit of the younger generations of desalters. They have the impression, he says, that desalination started on the continent of America only a few years ago, rather than more than 200 years ago.This article relies on information he has collected during his career and on some provided by expert friends like Jim Birkett, West Neck Strategies. This article first appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

Memco's ERI PX-180 (left) and its Isobarix replacement (right)

Second Isobarix ER unit installed in Mexico

Isobarix has installed its second commercial XPR energy-recovery unit for Memco Sistemas de Separacion SA de CV, who operate several seawater reverse-osmosis plants at resorts in Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Carreño to head IDE sales in South America

Desalination company IDE Technologies Ltd announced on 24 September 2012 the appointment of Orlando Carreño as its new regional director of sales and business development for South America.

Buenos Aires membrane papers deadline 15 June

A deadline of 15 June 2012 has been set for papers for the International Water Association (IWA) 3rd Regional Conference on Membrane Technology.

"We are selecting the best presentations from 323 abstracts"

Miguel Sanz, chair of the technical program for IDA World Congress 2017, introduces the main themes and highlights to look forward to at this year's event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

VSEP system treats Colombian landfill leachate

Calfornia-based New Logic Research (NLR) announced on 8 February 2012 that it had successfully commissioned a landfill leachate treatment system in Colombia using its vibratory shear enhanced process (VSEP) membrane separation system.

Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile is among those owned and operated by BHP Billiton

BHP and Coldeco push forward Chilean desal projects

Two major desalination projects to support the copper mining industry in Chile are moving ahead, reports Reuters.

Produced water will be pumped 45 miles and across a height of 700 metres to a new reservoir in Copiapó, near the Tierra Amarillo mountains, where mining companies operate. The system comprises five pumping stations, one at the intake, one at the treatment plant, two on the piping route, and one at the reservoir.

Chile project envisions multiple mining clients for solar-powered SWRO

Energias y Aguas del Pacifico (ENAPAC), a proposed solar-powered seawater desalination plant and water transport project aims to support expansion of mining operations in Chile's Atacama region.

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

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.

Desalination capacity increasing by 50% in 2013 says IDA

Desalination plants with a total capacity of 6 million m³/d are expected to come on line during 2013, a 50% increase on 2012, according to new data from the International Desalination Association and GWI DesalData.

The new SWRO mega plant at Escondida copper mine is fed by seawater from the Port of Antofagasta, 170 kilometeres away

Escondida mega plant poised to produce water in March

Mining giant BHP Billiton has reported the "mechanical completion" of Escondida Water Supply project, Chile, with the first water expected in March 2017.

AquaVenture chief executive Doug Brown is an engineer-turned-private equity investor-turned-water industry leader

"We're now at more than $100 million revenue." Doug Brown, AquaVenture chairman and CEO

AquaVenture chief executive Doug Brown has a track record of delivering shareholder value. When he joined water technology and engineering firm Ionics as chief executive in 2003, the struggling business was trading at $16 a share.

Avshalom Felber, formerly Israel Ports and Railway Authority CFO, and deputy director of budgets at Israel's Ministry of Finance, has steered IDE for 14 years

Interview: IDE Technologies CEO Avshalom Felber

Above all, IDE is a solutions provider. So says chief executive Avshalom Felber, the former financial whizz turned water industry leader, as he outlines the company's unique mix of thermal and reverse osmosis (RO) technologies, operational expertise, and contractual nous.

Inside Carlsbad: IDE has won plaudits for its 50 million gallons per day capacity desalination plant in California

China's CCCC tables a $650 million bid for IDE Technologies

Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has bid $650 million for IDE Technologies, reports Engineering News-Record.

Chile mine desalination agreement

Mining firm, White Mountain Titanium Corporation has secured a US$ 2 million debt funding agreement with private equity firm Nexo which included an exclusive development rights agreement relating to a desalination plant proposed for White Mountain's Cerro Banco mine in Chile.

The new desalination facility will support production of copper at the mine in northern Chile

IDE to supply desalination for Teck copper mine

IDE is to design and supply a modular desalination plant for Teck Resources' Quebrada Blanca copper mine extension project in northern Chile.


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