Black & Veatch 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.

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. “We have been fully committed to the Escondida project since the initial study phase. We are looking forward to completing this project safely and with high-quality results.”

The Escondida Water Supply project will deliver 2,500 liters of water per second (57 million gallons of water a day) to Escondida, one of the world’s largest copper mines.