UF / SWRO
Challenge After the new project was given approval to develop mining and process facilities, the early construction activity saw a need to treat sea water and due to lead times on a permanent desalination plant, a rental solution was deemed as the quickest way to proceed. Whilst water treatment equipment was readily available from Osmoflo’s fleet, it was located in United Arab Emirates, Australia and Asia, creating some logistical challenges insofar as shipping and transit times.
Solution The Antucoya copper project aims at producing an average of 80,000t/y of copper cathodes from an open pit and heap leaching-SX-EW facilities. It will require 7,000 workers during the construction phase and then generate 1,400 jobs during the ensuing operational phase.
Result By the mid 2013, the client had 1,000m3/day of desalination equipment installed and by the end of August 2013, the full 1,500 m3/day of equipment had been installed, commissioned and handed over to Osmoflo SPA for ongoing Operation & Maintenance.
Antucoya is operated by Antofagasta Minerals, a Chilean-based copper mining group traded on the London Stock Exchange.