At Mantoverde, we own a state-of-the-art desalination plant, which is located on the coast approximately 40 kilometers west of the mine. Our desalination plant supplies all water requirements for our current operations at Mantoverde with 120 liters per second, and will supply all water requirements for our expanded operation following the completion of the MV Development Project with 380 liters per second. It has also been agreed that, following the expansion of the desalination plant, water will be provided to the local authority to be utilized in the community of Flamenco.
At Mantos Blancos, water is provided by the water companies FCAB and ADASA. ADASA provides industrial-quality water for the concentrator and FCAB provides clean water for the SX-EW process. The water from both providers comes from surface water sources in the Loa River nearby Calama and the high Andes where these companies have long-term water concessions from the Chilean Government. The water is transported in pipelines towards the city of Antofagasta, and supplies Mantos Blancos en-route.