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WATER TREATMENT: Codelco awards new Chuquicamata division plant to SNC-Lavalin

CHILE – SNC-Lavalin of Montreal has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), one of the largest copper producers in the world, for the replacement of its effluent treatment plant at the Chuquicamata copper smelter, located in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile.

SNC-Lavalin will provide services for detailed engineering, supply of equipment and materials, construction, commissioning and start-up for the new effluent treatment plant. The new installations will replace the existing plant and will bring more efficiency to how effluents from the gas cleaning plant are treated.

The project will be centrally managed from SNC-Lavalin’s Santiago office, with support from its Montreal office for process design, commissioning and start-up services. The project is expected to be fully operational in 21 months.

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