Currently, the Codelco – Andina Division concentrator plant uses industrial water for its different facilities and processes. This resource is distributed from tanks located at high altitudes, without further treatment (see Annex 1a: Chemical Characterization of Industrial Water), so it contains a significant amount of ions and impurities that generate incrustations that clog the pipes of the water transport system. These pipes are mainly made of steel and have diameters ranging from 2 to 30 inches. This causes problems associated with variations with respect to the original design in terms of flow rates, pressures, hydraulic losses, among others, affecting the availability of water for proper operation of the different plants.
Identify technological solutions or products to meet one or more of the following objectives:
The scouting process could lead to the identification and selection of suppliers for a competitive procurement or purchase process, whose scope will be defined according to the maturity level of the proposals that apply to the open innovation process, which could lead to a pilot validation test, or to an implementation if they are relevant and meet the evaluation and selection criteria defined by Codelco.
Minimize or inhibit the formation of incrustation inside the piping of the industrial water transport system.
Permanently (accumulative over time).
No new technologies have been tested.