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Mitsui to desalinate water for Chile mine

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. said Tuesday it has concluded a contract to provide desalination and water-pumping services for a copper mine in northern Chile for 20 years.

It will be Mitsui’s first desalination project. Its costs are seen reaching around ¥70 billion.

Under the deal, Mitsui and Tedagua, a unit of Spain’s ACS Group with strengths in water-related business, have established a fifty-fifty joint venture, Caitan SpA, to implement the project.

The new firm will build, own and operate a seawater desalination plant and a water conveyance system for the mine run by global resources giant BHP Billiton.

The services are set to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

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