Osmoflo have secured the contract to provide a custom built water treatment plant in Chile to Outotec. Originally founded in Finland, Outotec is now located throughout 6 continents and provides services in minerals processing, metals, energy and water.
Outotec are expanding and modernising a copper smelter in Potrerillos, Chile, for a major copper mining company. Due to this expansion, there is a requirement for a water treatment plant to assist in treating cooling tower blowdown for water reuse in the facility. Osmoflo’s extensive experience in the mining industry showcased the required capability to secure the project.
Osmoflo is providing a custom-engineered plant to support the expansion, utilising a combination of ultra filtration followed by two pass brackish water reverse osmosis designed for high salinity/high recovery. The water that was typically discharged as blow down waste will now be recovered through the water treatment system and will be fed back into the circuit for reuse with some of the water being polished further for use in high purity applications.
As a part of Osmoflo’s solution, the plant will also feature Plantconnect automation technology allowing remote monitoring and control from Osmoflo’s 24 hour Control Centre.
Being pre-packaged as discreet skids, the plant will be sea-freighted to Chile following pre-assembly and factory testing.
Although this is the first project between Outotec and Osmoflo, the two companies have been in collaboration, developing a range of water solutions, globally. “This partnership between Outotec and Osmoflo is quite unique in that it provides a combination of skill sets, mining technology with specialist water treatment and recycling.” Ajay Jaggi, Osmoflo’s General Manager, Sales – Australia, APAC and Africa explains.
“This particular project also showcases Osmoflo’s global ability, with engineering, project management and operations coming from Osmoflo in Australia, India and Chile.” Mr Jaggi continues.
The project is forecast to be completed in May of 2017.