Antofagasta, BHP Partner On Desal For Chile's Zaldivar Mine

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Antofagasta needs access to water for the future development of its Zaldivar copper deposit, which is near BHP`s Escondida mine, the world`s largest copper mine. Zaldivar`s size, however, does not justify investing in its own desalination plant to bring water in from the Pacific ocean, Antofagasta has said. "Antofagasta needs access to water for the future development of the Zaldivar copper deposit, which is near BHP`s Escondida mine, the world`s largest copper mine". Both companies are seeking to extend existing permits to draw water from Chile`s water-constrained Salar de Atacama, home to top lithium producers SQM and Albemarle. Chilean regulators last year implemented new restrictions on the salt flat amid concerns of dwindling water supplies.

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