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.

Black & Veatch’s role is leading the engineering design, procurement, field inspection and pre-commissioning for its portion of the EWS project. In addition to the marine works and desalination plant, the project includes a water conveyance and storage system with associated high-voltage infrastructure.

“For this vital project, we are bringing our global experience in delivering large-scale desalination plants,” said Cindy Wallis-Lage, president of Black & Veatch’s water business. “We have been fully committed to the Escondida project since the initial study phase. We are looking forward to completing this project safely and with high-quality results.”

The EWS project will deliver 57 MGD (215,000 m³/d) to Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, which is majority-owned and operated by BHP Billiton.