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Escondida Water Supply
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BHP Billiton

Black & Veatch Aids Expansion of World's Largest Copper Mine with Addition of New Water Supply and Other Supporting Infrastructure

The Escondida Water Supply project (EWS) in Chile will provide water to support the expansion of mineral production at the world’s largest copper mine. As the engineer of record for EWS, Black & Veatch is leading the engineering, designprocurement, field inspection and pre-commissioning for the marine works and desalination elements of the $3.43 billion project. 

When complete, EWS will deliver 2,500 litres of water per second (57 million gallons of water per day) to Escondida, which is majority-owned and operated by BHP Billiton. In addition, this vital, large-scale project includes a water conveyance and storage system with associated high-voltage infrastructure.

Black & Veatch is also designing a new private communications network.

EWS will deliver 2,500 litres of water per second to Escondida, the world's largest copper mine.