Water Supply for Spence Growth Options

Water Supply for Spence Growth Options
BHP Santiago, Chile
Northern Mining Companies in Chile are considering the benefits of water supply outsourcing for operations and future projects.

Due to envi­ron­men­tal concerns and the shortage of water in the northern part of Chile, some mining companies, such as BHP, have decided to supply their mine operations using desali­na­tion plants. In some cases, these companies outsource operational water supply through a BOOT (build – own – operate - transfer) contract, where a third-party oversees the design, construc­tion, financing and operation of the water conveyance system, all the way from the desali­na­tion plant to the mine site within a certain period. This is the case of the Spence Mine (Spence Growth Options Project), where the water supply is desalinated water through a 20-year BOOT contract. CDM Smith has provided BHP with engineering support for the past 8 years from the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and evaluation process of world-class joint ventures for the award of a BOOT contract, to the execution of the project, and now during the operation phase.

Spence - foto general lamina desalación 2 Aerial view from the construc­tion phase of the project

The project includes a 23-million-gallon-per-day seawater reverse osmosis plant, marine works, a 95-mile-long desalinated water conveyance system, and a power supply system. The CDM Smith project team is providing: 

Procurement Support

  • Technical, commercial and financial support during the bidding process
  • Bid forms development and Q&A rounds support
  • Strategic, technical, commercial and financial support during the BOOT contract development
  • Development of the proposal evaluation methodology
  • Proposals evaluation
  • Support during the negotiation and awarding process

Assistance during the Execution Phase

  • Technical Submittals Review
  • Assistance during construction and commissioning

Assistance during the Operation Phase

  • O&M Documents Review
  • Technical assistance during operation
Jose Maria Guzman Jose Maria Guzman
Our Company is the perfect partner for multidisciplinary projects with high complexity that integrates technical expertise in water treatment, conveyance systems, and commercial and financial aspects.

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