Escondida Water Supply
In 2016, we successfully completed the Escondida Water Supply project in Chile. Our Bechtel-Techint joint-venture team built dual 112-mile- (180-kilometer-) long, 42-inch (107-centimeter) pipelines that will carry desalinated water from Chile’s Pacific coast, across the Atacama Desert, to the world’s largest copper mine, Escondida, located almost 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Our Bechtel-Sigdo Koppers joint venture completed the construction work for the desalination plant and plant facilities.
The project team also built support facilities for the pipelines, including a series of electrical substations and high-pressure pump stations. Delivered on schedule and on budget, the desalination plant is pumping water and, when fully completed, will be one of the largest seawater reverse-osmosis facilities in the world.
Bechtel drew on expertise from the company’s Infrastructure and Oil, Gas & Chemicals business units to perform transmission lines, pipeline, and tank construction work. This first-of-a-kind collaboration of Bechtel capabilities has paved the way for similar “One Bechtel” teaming efforts for other customers’ complex projects, saving the customer time and money by offering scope at the highest quality from the same contractor.