Black & Veatch Selected for Major Desalination Project at World's Largest Copper Mine

Black & Veatch Selected for Major Desalination Project at World's Largest
Copper Mine

Escondida Project in Chile Will Provide Water to Support Expansion of Mineral
Production

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black & Veatch 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.

"For this vital project, we are bringing our global experience in delivering
large-scale desalination plants," said Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black &
Veatch's water business. "We have been fully committed to the Escondida
project since the initial study phase. We are looking forward to completing
this project safely and with high-quality results."

The Escondida Water Supply project will deliver 2,500 liters of water per
second (57 million gallons of water a day) to Escondida, the world's largest
copper mine. The Escondida mine is majority-owned and operated by BHP
Billiton.

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