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Chilean water utility Aguas Chañar will begin construction of the Placilla Sierralta potable water plant in northern region III capital Copiapó in the next few months, a company official told BNamericas.
The project, which will require an investment of some 3bn pesos (US$6.38mn), is currently at the detailed engineering phase, the official said.
The environment ministry (MMA) approved the EIA for the reverse osmosis plant in March. The plant will provide 225l/s of potable water to several districts in Copiapó.
The facility is the first phase of the company's investment plan to provide water for the regional capital, the official said.
The firm is also planning to build the Nantoco and Piedra Colgada potable water plants. MMA is scheduled to make a decision on the EIA for the US$8mn Nantoco plant, which will have a capacity of 160l/s, by July 21.
Aguas Chañar submitted an EIA to the environment ministry on May 16 to build the US$8mn Piedra Colgada reverse osmosis potable water plant in Copiapó.
The plant will have capacity to produce 450l/s of potable water, which will be pumped via existing infrastructure to northern Copiapó, Caldera and Chañaral, according to EIA documents.
Aguas Chañar already has rights to the feed water, which will come from the Copiapó river.
MMA is scheduled to make a decision on August 8.
If the EIA is approved, the company plans to begin construction in February 2012 and complete the plant by February 2014. Aguas Chañar plans to operate the plant until March 2039.