Antofagasta launches desalination plant for Los Pelambres mine – Chile

Chilean miner Antofagasta Minerals on Thursday inaugurated a more than $2 billion desalination plant for its flagship copper mine in Chile, Los Pelambres, aimed at relieving the effects of severe drought that has hit production.

The mine is the first to operate with desalinated water in an area of the country that has suffered a 15-year drought, sucking water from reservoirs and sparking concern over the fresh water supply.

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Antofagasta launches desalination plant for Los Pelambres mine – Chile2024-05-18T16:48:52+02:00

Failure in desalination plant leaves 55,000 homes without water in Antofagasta – Chile

Officials from the Regional Office in Antofagasta of the Superintendency of Sanitary Services (SISS) are monitoring the mitigation measures that Aguas Antofagasta SA will adopt, due to the emergency supply cut that affects different parts of the regional capital, as a result of an electrical failure of the desalination plant, which affects approximately 55,000 homes.

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Failure in desalination plant leaves 55,000 homes without water in Antofagasta – Chile2023-12-05T00:19:26+01:00

IDE to Execute EPC of the SADDN Desalination Plant – Northern Chile

Developed by a consortium composed of Marubeni and Transelec, the SADDN project includes the intake and outfall systems of the desalination plant, a 160 km pipeline and three pumping stations that will elevate the desalinated water to roughly 3,000 meters above sea level. This is the first phase of a larger desalination plant that will ultimately reach a design capacity of 1,956 lps (roughly 170,000 m3/day).

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IDE to Execute EPC of the SADDN Desalination Plant – Northern Chile2023-07-12T00:26:04+02:00

IDE to Execute EPC of the SADDN Desalination Plant – Northern Chile

Developed by a consortium composed of Marubeni and Transelec, the SADDN project includes the intake and outfall systems of the desalination plant, a 160 km pipeline and three pumping stations that will elevate the desalinated water to roughly 3,000 meters above sea level. This is the first phase of a larger desalination plant that will ultimately reach a design capacity of 1,956 lps (roughly 170,000 m3/day).

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IDE to Execute EPC of the SADDN Desalination Plant – Northern Chile2023-07-05T15:58:25+02:00

The challenges facing desal plants in Chile’s north

Currently there are 24 desalination plants in operation in Chile with combined capacity of 8,000 liters per second (l/s), with 75% of production going to the mining industry, according to the country’s desalination association ACADES.

Capacity is expected to increase to 10,000l/s by the end of this year, and could reach 40,000l/s by the end of the decade. 

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The challenges facing desal plants in Chile’s north2023-03-02T00:14:51+01:00

Anglo American to meet almost half Los Bronces water needs from desalination plant – Chile, South America

Anglo American (LON: AAL) secured on Wednesday a supply agreement to meet almost half the water requirements of its Los Bronces copper mine in Chile with desalinated water from 2025.

The deal with Aguas Pacifico will allow the miner to bring ocean water to Los Bronces’ recirculation systems, with the goal of not drawing fresh water from the area where the mine is located.

In this first phase, the company will use 500 litres per second of desalinated water to cover 45% of [
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Anglo American to meet almost half Los Bronces water needs from desalination plant – Chile, South America2022-12-09T13:15:03+01:00

Desalination plant delay to hit Los Pelambres 2023 production – Chile

London-listed Antofagasta will lower its 2023 production guidance when it reports its third-quarter results later this month, following a delay in the completion of the desalination plant project, which is key to water availability at the Los Pelambres mine in Chile.

The delay in the completion of the plant will impact on the estimated production for next year by about 30 000 t. 

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Desalination plant delay to hit Los Pelambres 2023 production – Chile2022-12-11T23:10:26+01:00
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