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IDE Technologies secures contract for desalination plant in Chile – Chile

IDE Technologies, a global leader in desalination and water treatment, was recently awarded by Aguas Pacífico SpA the EPC contract for the Aconcagua Desalination Plant in Chile.

The project includes the engineering, supply, construction, start-up and commissioning of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant with a nominal production capacity of 86,400 m3/day (1,000 liters per second), that will be in the bay of Quintero in the Valparaíso Region of Chile.

The plant will be the first drought-proof source of fresh water in the Aconcagua basin to serve municipal, agricultural, industrial and mining clients in the region.

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Desalination is not the only answer to Chile’s water problems – Chile

Chile produces nearly a quarter of the world’s copper supply, with the majority of production coming from the northern provinces (Exhibit 1). That same region is one of the driest places on the planet.

During 2019, Chile experienced its worst drought in decades, with the government having to supply fresh water to almost 400,000 residents.

Annually, the mining industry consumes enough water to provide for 75 percent of the needs of Chile’s population.

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BHP to pay $840 million to break from coal in Chile – Chile

BHP’s (ASX, LON, NYSE: BHP) Escondida and Spence copper mines in northern Chile are poised to pay a total of $840 million for an early end to a 2008 energy contract with a coal-fired thermoelectric plant.

The move follows a series of recent steps BHP has been taking to become an environmentally friendly miner, including carbon capture and storage and other innovations such as direct air capture.

Local power company AES Gener — a unit of AES Corp — said on Monday that the agreement signed with its Angamos plant will end in August 2021.

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Chile seawater desalination to grow 156% – Chile

Cochilco analyst Camila Montes said desalination use would grow most in the drier northern parts of the country, forecasting 65% usage in Antofagasta, 60% in Tarapaca, 42% in Atacama and 25% in Coquimbo.

Some 90% of the desalinated seawater will be used in the processing of copper sulphide ores for the production of copper concentrates.

The addition of seawater desalination to a large-scale project adds at least a billion dollars to project capex, up to over $3 billion for a massive plant such as the 2,500 litres per second (lps) plant BHP added at Escondida in 2018.

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Acciona inks PPA with state-run desalination plant in Chile – Chile

Acciona has signed a supply deal with Chilean water utility Empresa Concesionaria de Servicios Sanitarios SA (ECONSSA Chile) that will fulfil the energy needs of a water desalination plant set to come online in the Atacama desert next year.

The Spanish firm said in a release on Wednesday that it will supply energy to the plant from a mix of its Chilean renewables operations. It claims to have 291MW of operational facilities and 393MW under construction.

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BHP to take US$780M hit on renewable move – Chile

The company announced four new renewable power agreements for the Escondida and Spence operations.

It is part of BHP’s goal to shift to 100% renewable energy at the mines from the mid-2020s.

“These new renewable energy contracts will increase flexibility for our power portfolio and will ensure security of supply for our operations, while also reducing costs and displacing CO2 emissions,” BHP Minerals Americas president Daniel Malchuk said.

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Chile’s President Announces Water Crisis Team Amid ‘Intense’ Drought – Chile

Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday announced the creation of a working group of government agencies, academics and industry players to tackle the worst drought in 60 years which has spiked this year amid record lows of rainfall.

The government has declared water shortages in more than 50 communities across three regions of its normally lush central belt so far this year, and an associated agricultural emergency across more than 100.

It has pledged to spend $58 million in tapping more water sources and trucking water to people going without in rural areas.

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New Agreement Will Advance Desalination Supply System In Chile – Chile

An agreement between UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute Centre of Excellence in Chile (SMI-ICE-Chile) and TRENDS Industrial paves the way for collaboration on an integrated multi-user desalination supply system in Chile’s Atacama region.

Chile, and the Atacama Region in particular, is in a severe drought and continued industrial development, especially by the mining industry, will depend on a sustainable water supply.

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Penetron Waterproofing Protection – Tip Top at Tocopilla

After a two-year construction period, the first clean water flowed from the Tocopilla Desalination plant in May 2019. PENETRON ADMIX was specified over a competitive crystalline admixture as a superior performing waterproofing solution for the concrete water tanks.

Part of the Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM), a Colombian conglomerate with holdings in the water and sanitation industry, the Aguas de Antofagasta (ADASA) is a Latin American leader in water desalination.

In operation since 2003, ADASA currently provides clean water to 546,000 inhabitants in seven Chilean towns. In total, the company treats 2.11 m3 (560 gallons) of water per second, with about 30% originating from seawater.

For this purpose, it has desalination plants in Taltal and Antofagasta, the latter considered the largest water desalination plant in Latin America, with a production of 600 liters (160 gallons) per second.

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Chile and Peru see desal as the solution to water scarcity – Peru – Chile

Authorities from Chile and Peru highlighted the advance of desalination projects in the two countries, stating that these plants will become more important in the coming years due to ongoing water scarcity, which is expected to worsen due to climate change.

During a congress held by the Latin American desalination and water reutilization association (Aladyr) in Santiago, Chile’s public works undersecretary, Lucas Palacios, highlighted that the country has high potential for desalination projects, due to its extensive coastline and the fact that many of its major cities are close to the sea.

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