ECOAGUA successfully finishes the works of technical consulting during both construction and commissioning of the project of extension of Planta Desaladora Norte (La Chimba) in Antofagasta, Chile, for Aguas de Antofagasta.

After two months of presence on site of the ECOAGUA team, the commissioning of the plant is completed successfully, increasing the capacity of production of the plant from 56,160 m3/d to 73,440 m3/d.

The extension project is therefore finished in which ECOAGUA has been present from the beginning, conducting a trade-off study of pre-treatment alternatives, developing the basic engineering of the plant, providing support during detail engineering and elaborating the technical specifications and the technical comparison of the different offers of manufacturers for the purchase of electromechanical equipment.

ECOAGUA’s participation has culminated in the technical consulting contract during commissioning and start-up and the preparation of the operation and maintenance manuals for the plant.

The project makes it possible to strengthen the region’s drinking water system. The local water company will be able to supply up to 85% of Antofagasta users with water from the Pacific Ocean. The goal is that in 2020 Aguas de Antofagasta has the capacity to supply 100% of the regional capital with this supply, also maintaining the mountain water as backup.

ECOAGUA therefore maintains its excellent relationship with Aguas de Antofagasta, fruit of the satisfactory work developed for this client over the last years, in which ECOAGUA has participated in the conception of the desalination project of Antofagasta Sur (2006-2012 ), carrying out the design optimization project for the construction of the Taltal Plant (2011), giving a course on desalination for the client (2009) or carrying out various works at the La Chimba plant, such as: contingency studies against red tide (2011) and contingency and audit plan (2006-2007).