Black & Veatch selected for major desalination project at world's largest copper mine
Mary Page Bailey
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; www.bv.com) has been selected as the Engineer of Record for the Marine Works and Desalination components on the $3.43 billion Escondida Water Supply (EWS) project in Chile. Black & Veatch's role is leading the engineering design, procurement, field inspection and pre-commissioning for the marine and desalination elements of the EWS project. In addition to the marine works and desalination plant, the project includes a water conveyance and storage system with associated high-voltage infrastructure. The Escondida Water Supply project will deliver 2,500 L/s (57 million gal/day) of water to Escondida, the world's largest copper mine. The Escondida mine is majority-owned and operated by BHP Billiton.