Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) has agreed to participate in the procurement of desalinated water to the mining industry, together with CAP S.A. (CAP). It will be the first time a Japanese company enters into this type of business.
MC, through Cleanairtech Sudamerica S.A. (CAT), which is a company jointly operated with CAP, will provide desalinated water to Cerro Negro Norte Iron Ore Mine from 2013 for approximately 20years. The water will be supplied through a pipeline from a newly constructed desalination plant in the Copiapo region, located south of the Atacama Desert. The project cost is 180 Million USD, which will be one-third financed by equity and two-thirds by loans.
In parts of north of Chile, the shortage of underground water, which is utilized as industrial, household and agricultural water, has become a problem due to lack of snowfall. For new mine development, securing alternative water resource has become a requisite to obtain necessary environmental permits, which has rapidly increased the demand for water.
MC, under the Midterm Corporate Strategy 2012 which was announced in July 2010, has designated global environmental business as a strategic domains and is actively promoting water business through its Global Environment Business Development Group. By utilizing the know how and experience gained through its domestic and overseas water business operations, MC will promote this business together with CAP, MC's long term business partner, and plan to expand this water procurement business to neighboring mines.
1. Cleanairtech Sudamerica S.A.
(1)Head Office ：Santiago de Chile
(2)Established ： 2005
(3)Shareholders ： CAP 51%、MC 49%
(4)Activity ： Desalinated Water procurement business to the mining industry
(5)Representative： Roberto de Andraca A.
2. CAP S.A.
(1) Head Office ：Santiago de Chile
(2) Established ：1946
(3) Activity ：Iron Ore Mining, Steel Industry
(4) Turnover ：1.994M US$
(5) Number of Employees ： 4,250
(6) Representative ： Jaime Charles C.
(1)Head office: 3-1, Marunouchi 2-Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8086, Japan
(2)Date of Establishment: July 1, 1954
(3)Capital: 203,598,076,906 yen (JPY)
(4)Main business activities: Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) has six Business Groups which develop operations in the diverse fields of Industrial Finance, Logistics & Development, Energy, Metals, Machinery, Chemicals, and Living Essentials. In addition to these Business Groups, MC has also established the Business Service Group and Global Environment Business Development Group.
(5)Sales: 19,2334,000,000 yen (JPY)
(6)Number of employees: 58,470 (as of March 31, 2011)
(7)Representative: Ken Kobayashi, President and Chief Executive Officer