Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., a South Korea maker of power equipment, said today it signed a $103 million contract to build a desalination plant in Chile.
The facility will have capacity to produce 220,000 tons of water per day from mid-2016, for supply to the Escondida copper mine, the world’s largest source of copper, the company said in an e-mailed statement.
Water produced at the plant near Chile’s coastal city of Antofagasta will be piped 180 kilometers (112 miles) to the copper mine situated 3,000 meters above sea level, according to the statement.
Doosan won the contract in competition with water facility builders including France’s Degremont SA and Spain’s Acciona SA (ANA), the company said.
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