Billiton Plc and Rio Tinto Plc will invest a combined $3
billion to build a 660-gallon-per-second seawater desalination
facility to ensure water supply to the Escondida copper mine in
to start this week, will include two pipelines, four
high-pressure pump stations, a reservoir at the mine site and
high-voltage infrastructure to support the system.
scheduled to be commissioned in 2017, will provide sustainable
water supply to the new copper concentrator and minimize
Escondidas reliance on the regions aquifers, the
BHP will invest $1.97 billion for the facility and Rio Tinto
will invest $1.03 billion.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.