Taiwan’s outlying Kinmen County celebrated on Monday the completion of an expansion of a local desalination plant that should help increase freshwater supplies and ease the threat of water shortages in the island county.
Taiwan Water Corp. confirmed Tuesday that it expects the fifth desalination plant in Penghu County to be completed by the end of the year, though a government official suggested there was still a hurdle to overcome.
The construction of the desalination plant, initially planned to be completed in May 2018, was later scheduled to be finished by the end of 2018, and that target remains in place, the company said in a statement.
South Korean engineering firm Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co, billed as the world’s largest builder of desalination plants, has announced that it has won a contract to construct a new water desalination project at Al Aseelah in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate.
Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. confirmed Thursday it has been selected to build a desalination plant for BHP’s (ASX, NYSE:BHP) Spence copper mine in Chile, as part of a $2.5 billion mine expansion approved earlier this year and which will add another 50 years to the operation’s productive life.
Mitsui will build the plant at Mejillones port, about 60 km north of Antofagasta city, through a joint venture with Técnicas de Desalinazación de Aguas (Tedagua), a unit of Spain’s ACS Group with strengths in water-related business, it said.