BHP, Rio commit to Escondida

Miners each invest over $1bn to construction of second desalination facility.

BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd have committed over $1 billion each to sustain operations at their Escondida project in Chile through the construction of a second desalination facility.

In a statement, BHP said it had approved an investment of $US1.972 billion ($2.136 billion) to the project which would be used to construct a new 2,500 litre per second sea-water desalination facility.

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