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An Expert's View about Water Treatment in Chile

Last updated: 22 Mar 2011

The scarcity and strategic importance of water in Chile has driven the use of new production, usage and treatment technologies, prompted new legislation and has been the source of conflict between different interest groups.

Sector briefing Water Opportunities in Chile Why Chile? The scarcity and strategic importance of water in Chile has driven the use of new production, usage and treatment technologies, prompted new legislation and has been the source of conflict between different interest groups. Between 1999 and 2009 investment in potable water and waste water collection came to US$1.96 billion, with a further US$1.55 billion US$4.5 billion investment is in waste water treatment. At end-2009 urban anticipated in desalination, potable water coverage rates were 99.8%, and US$868 million more in urban waste water collection 95.6%, and urban waste water treatment 83.3%. water provision and wastewater collection and In the mining sector, new projects are treatment. expected to increase water demand 45% from 2009 to 540 million cubic metres by 2020. sophisticated products that place value on Such growth will not be possible without water resources and use. desalination plants, a number of which are already in operation, construction and design, Find general information on the Chilean market and of the use of seawater in coastal mining conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing operations. In agriculture, expansion into Business Guide for Chile gives an overview of thousands of available hectares would be Chile?s economy, business culture, potential possible with more reservoirs and irrigation opportunities and an introduction to other channels. relevant issues. Although Chile?s water market is far from perfect, its characteristics have contributed to the creation of demand for relatively UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Chile Opportunities Agriculture that much water available, mining companies signed up to a water efficiency programme Chile considers that it could become a global with the government in 2009. agricultural power by 2020, and that building out irrigation infrastructure will be key to If you have any questions on the opportunities attaining production increases. In 2010 the above, contact the UKTI] contacts named in country had water storage capacity of 4 billion this report. Business opportunities aimed cubic metres, sufficient for 1 million hectares. specifically at UK companies are added daily to The 2020 development plan formulated by the UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our government in January 2010 envisaged that staff overseas in British Embassies, High through US$2.5 billion investment it would be Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors possible to build reservoirs holding a total of and in over 100 markets. 1.6 billion cubic metres, allowing for a further 252,000 hectares to be brought into You can be alerted to business opportunities on agricultural use. The government has since a regular basis by registering on the UKTI changed and at the time of writing the 2020 website. Find out more on UKTI?s business plans were under review by the new opportunities service on the UKTI website. administration. Indications have nonetheless been positive, with the water department of the public works ministry receiving a 30% budgetary increase and the new President making a number of statements alluding to the importance of water availability and its relation to productive capacity. Utilities At end-2009, utilities projected US$526.5mn total investment in the 2011-2015 period, and a further US$341.5mn for 2016-2020. Investment in drinking water 2011-2020 was anticipated to be US$462mn, with US$352mn in waste water collection and US$52mn in waste water treatment. Legislative change allowing the separation and reuse of grey water in urban areas is anticipated. This would reduce water demand and lead to consulting and equipment supply opportunities. Mining Through water being a scarce and valued resource, minimising consumption and reusing water are important matters for mining companies, as are locating and/or buying water sources. To comply with local legislation and the global policies of the many multinationals that operate in the mining sector, waste water is treated. There are furthermore a number of desalination plants in various stages of development, totalling US$4.6bn investment. Estimates made in 2008 were of Chile?s mining sector requiring 631 million cubic metres/year of water by 2026. Conscious of there not being UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Chile Major events and activities UKTI contacts Clean Mining 2011 Karl Royce Contact: Karl Royce Senior Commercial Officer Email: karl.royce@fco.gov.uk British Embassy Santiago Time: April 10-12, 2011 Tel: (0056-2) 3704179 Email: karl.royce@fco.gov.uk AmbientAL 2011 www.ukti.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk/export/countries/ameri cas/southamerica/chile/event/121082.ht Tom Warwick ml First Secretary Contact: Karl Royce British Embassy Santiago Email: karl.royce@fco.gov.uk Tel: (0056-2) 3704174 Time: October 12-15 2011 Email: tom.warwick@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Water in Mining 2012 Contact: Karl Royce Email: karl.royce@fco.gov.uk Time: June 2012 International Desalination Seminar Contact: Karl Royce Email: karl.royce@fco.gov.uk Time: 2012 Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Chile Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Chilean market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Chilean market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Chile with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Water opportunities in Chile
Posted: 22 March 2011, last updated 22 March 2011

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