OHL hits two goals in South America

Spanish contractor Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) has been awarded two contracts in South America worth a total of €370m.

It was awarded a €145m deal by Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, for the expansion of the Talabre Dam in Chile’s Antofagasta region. OHL will work with Chilean companies Conpax and Valko on this scheme.

The contract covers the construction of periphery walls, a 20km-long tailings pipeline, three mobile clear-water pumping stations and two regulating basins for the reclaimed water system.

OHL also won a contract in Columbia worth €225m ($240m). This was awarded by Ecocementos, a company whose ownership is evenly shared by Colombian group Corona and by Spain’s Cementos Molins.

The plant will be built in the city of Sonson (pictured), in the central northwestern department of Antioquía. It will have a production capacity of 3,150 tonnes of clinker a day and about 1.35 million tonnes of cement a year, which will bring growth to the industry and greater development throughout the region.

The technology chosen will be provided by Danish firm FLSmidth.

Image: Sonson, Columbia (Wikimedia Commons/Julian Usma)

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