A project to build the largest seawater desalination plant in Latin America has been approved by the Chilean Environmental Assessment Commission.

The plant will be constructed in the Atacama region of northern Chile at a cost of about US$500 million and it will have the capacity to process up to 2,630 litres of water per second.

It will also have its own source of solar energy (100MW), a substation and a 600,000m3-capacity water reservoir.