BHP Billiton To Build Sea Water Desalination Facility At Escondida Chile

BHP Billiton to build sea-water desalination facility in Chile

7:26 AM, 26th July 2013
BHP Billiton Investment News

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: BHP Billiton approved an investment of $1,972 million to sustain operations at Escondida, Chile, by constructing a new 2,500 litre per second sea-water desalination facility. The project will ensure continued water supply to Escondida, as water use increases upon completion of the 152,000 tonne per day OGP1 copper concentrator.

The construction of the new desalination facility will commence in July 2013 and will include the development of two pipelines, four high pressure pump stations, a reservoir at the mine site and high voltage infrastructure to support the system. The new facility will be commissioned in 2017.

“Securing a sustainable water supply in the Atacama Desert is a major priority for all Chilean copper producers, so the approval of the Escondida Water Supply project is a significant milestone for our business. The new desalination facility will minimise our reliance on the region’s aquifers, which will help us to meet our environmental commitments and enable us to achieve our long-term business strategy,” said Peter Beaven, President, Copper, BHP Billiton.

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