Desalinated water for the mining sector
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Over 2,000 million people in the world live without access to a basic drinking water service, and 3,6 billionhave no access to a basic sanitation service, resulting in avoidable deaths, chronic disease, fewer hours of education and low productivity.
ACCIONA has positioned itself as a key player in the water treatment sector. Its innovative management seeks to resolve the challenges with respect to the shortage of water resources.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The generation and use of energy accounts for 35 % of total greenhouse gas emissions in the world. This activity is the largest contributor to global warming. Investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low-carbon technologies will continue to be essential to meet the emerging needs of humanity and to minimize their negative impact on the environment.
ACCIONA considers the fight against climate change and its effects to be a strategic priority. The company works to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in order to contribute to the progress of society and respond to the main challenges of sustainable development in the areas of infrastructure, water and energy, leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The Puerto de Patache plant will have an initial capacity of 1,050 litres/second. The work includes the construction of marine structures and a pre-treatment system and the development of reverse osmosis and post-treatment technologies to ensure the availability of water resources whose quality responds and adjusts to the different operating conditions of the mining sector.
The project, awarded by Compañía minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi (CMDIC), one of the main Chilean mining companies, is part of the "Infrastructure Development and Productive Capacity Improvement" plan for CMDIC's operations in the Tarapacá region, and also contemplates the operation and maintenance of the plant by ACCIONA for two years, extendable for another three years.
The construction of this new seawater desalination plant consolidates ACCIONA as one of the benchmark companies in the water treatment activity for mining operations in Chile. One of the company's most outstanding projects in this field was ACCIONA's first desalination plant that provides water for mining use through reverse osmosis technology, in Copiapó (Atacama region).
- Type of Contract: EPC + O&M (2 years +3)
- Location: Tarapacá (Chile).
- Capacity: 90,720 m3/day
- Client: Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi
- Population served: 230,400 people