Chile: Massive ENAPAC Solar Desal Project Secures Initial Investment


Chile's TRENDS Industrial and Almar Water Solutions of the UAE last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on development of a massive solar powered desalination project for the Atacama region in Chile.

Upon completion, the $500 Million USD ENAPAC project will be one of the largest solar desalination projects in the world.

TRENDS Industrial's CEO, Rodrigo Silva said that the MoU “comes to consolidate the work of several years in which we have developed a sustainable project from the socio-environmental point of view, as well as from the economic perspective for the advantages of the Multiclient model of ENAPAC, in which economies of scale are taken advantage of, reduces the impact on the territory and improves efficiency, as we have been seeing in large-scale mining projects in Chile, which have opted for collaboration“.

Almar Water Solutions CEO, Carlos Cosín, said that “this alliance consolidates Almar's interest in developing innovative and state-of-the-art technology projects combining desalination with solar energy, while at the same time sealing our commitment to the long-term success of the ENAPAC project, particularly with its potential clients to whom we can ensure the reliability of the water supply, which is so urgently needed in Atacama and for which we hope that ENAPAC will help alleviate, in part, the severe water scarcity in the region”.

ENAPAC consists of a seawater desalination project for Atacama that will be supplied with its own source of photovoltaic energy. With an estimated initial investment of $ 500 Million USD, ENAPAC will become the largest desalination plant in Latin America, with maximum capacity of 2,600 l/s.

The project has spent about a year in environmental evaluation by Chilean authorities, with favorable resolution expected during the second half of 2018.