South America

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.


Fluence Signs a US$10 M Contract for Brazil’s Largest Seawater Desalination Plant – Brazil

Fluence Corporation Limited is pleased to announce that it has executed a US$10 million contract for the design, engineering and construction of a 12,000 m3/day seawater desalination plant for one of the world’s largest steel producers.

The plant will be located at the customer’s steel production facility in eastern Brazil.

Construction on this Custom Engineered Solution is anticipated to commence in Q2 2019 and is expected to be operational by Q4 2020.


NMSU to host Two Nations One Water summit

Water scarcity is a critical issue for New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, and the Two Nations One Water U.S.-Mexico Border Water Summit 2019 will address this challenge and more at the April 23-25 event at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University will host the conference, which is in its second year. 

“The Two Nations One Water conference provides a platform for a broad audience to explore adaptive water strategies for managing drought in the border region,” said Pei Xu, NMSU civil engineering associate professor.

“The conference will address the complex interrelationships among water, agriculture, energy, the economy and socio-political realities. It provides an opportunity for managers, policy makers, government and non-governmental agencies, researchers, students, farmers, ranchers, producers and other stakeholders to participate in learning, sharing and networking.

Participants from the U.S. and Mexico will present and share their experiences on water issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Yokogawa Wins a Control System Order for the Provisur Seawater Desalination Project in Peru – Peru – South America

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that the Peru branch of Yokogawa América do Sul (a Yokogawa Electric Corporation subsidiary) has received a control system order from Técnicas de Desalinización de Aguas, S.A. (Tedagua) for a water desalination plant and associated facilities that it is building for Servicio de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Lima S.A. (SEDAPAL) in the Santa Maria district of Lima, the capital of Peru.

With the Provisur seawater desalination project, Peru’s first reverse osmosis desalination plant is being constructed to supply 35,000 m3 of potable water per day to the 100,000 residents of the Santa Maria district.

Water distribution and sewer pipelines (total length: 260 km), a sewage treatment plant (daily capacity: 15,500 m3), and an undersea pipeline (780 m) for the discharge of treated water are also being built.

Part of the treated water will be used for watering plants in the local area. Expectations are high for this project because Lima and other coastal areas in Peru have a desert climate that gets very little rain throughout the year.


ArcelorMittal to build its first ever desalination plant in Brazil – Sao Paulo – Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal SA (MT.AS), the world’s largest steelmaker, is set to build its first-ever desalination unit in Brazil to handle unforeseen water needs at its plant in the eastern state of Espírito Santo, senior company executives said in an interview on Friday.

The unit is aimed at lessening the company’s dependence on state water utility company Cesan and avoiding production cuts at times of water crises as the state suffered in 2015 and 2016, said Jorge Beriberi, president of operations at ArcelorMittal’s Brazilian flat steel division.

According to Filho, the desalination plant will be the first in Brazil to operate exclusively with seawater. The plant will use reverse osmosis technology and consume electricity produced by the steel mill itself.


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.


Latin America’s largest desalination plant – Atacama – Chile

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.


No water for Central, South as desal plant to shut down for 4 days – Trinidad – South America

Residents of South and Central Trinidad are being told to brace for disruptions to their water supplies as the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott) has advised of a planned four-day shutdown of its Desalination Plant at Point Lisas to facilitate maintenance works.

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says the planned shutdown will impact the overall pipe borne water supply to these areas.


Chilean environmental authority approves largest desalination plant in Latin America – Chile – South America

The environmental authority in Chile approved after more than a year of evaluation, the development of the largest desalination plant in Latin America, with an initial investment of about $500 million.

Trends Industrial’s ENAPAC project will desalinate sea water for industrial clients in the Atacama desert and mining region in the north of the country, with a maximum capacity of 2,630 liters of water per second.


A desalination plant in La Guajira sparks hopes of solving crippling water crisis – La Guajir – Colombia – South America

On the arid plains of Colombia’s northeastern peninsula, the mostly indigenous communities are lucky if it rains twice a year. Some years, it doesn’t rain at all.

Brutal droughts, caused by El Niño, have taken a heavy on toll on Colombia’s largest indigenous group – the Wayuu people – 400,000 of which inhabit the Department of Guajira.

Rivers and tributaries have run dry, leaving scarce water for human consumption, agriculture and basic sanitation. Many communities have to travel several hours on foot to buy expensive water delivered by government-contracted tanker trucks.