Black & Veatch said it has been selected as the Engineer of Record for the Marine Works and Desalination components on the $3.43 billion Escondida Water Supply (EWS) project in Chile.

Kansas, USA-based Black & Veatch’s role is leading the engineering design, procurement, field inspection, and pre-commissioning for the marine and desalination elements of the EWS project. In addition to the marine works and desalination plant, the project includes a water conveyance and storage system with associated high-voltage infrastructure.

“For this vital project, we are bringing our global experience in delivering large-scale desalination plants,” said Cindy Wallis-Lage, president of Black & Veatch’s water business.

The Escondida Water Supply project will deliver 2,500 liters of water per second (57 million gallons a day) to Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, majority-owned and operated by BHP Billiton.