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Minerals & Metals1 min read

Climate risk assessment and adaptation strategies for coastal infrastructure

Our client, the world’s largest copper operation, was looking to prepare the directional and tactical planning of an asset, incorporating internal and external variables that could pose a threat. One of the main external variables is climate change and its impacts. To increase resilience and understand the dimensions, magnitudes, and actions to be developed in production and non-production infrastructure, they approached Ausenco to conduct a technical-scientific study that evaluated extreme scenarios due to climate change and proposed solutions. The scope considers the current and projected development of operations and infrastructure on the coastline of the South Pacific Ocean.

Ausenco’s multi-discipline team assessed future potential climate hazards and the exposure and vulnerability of the infrastructure. The assessment considered the ports infrastructure, desalination plant, power plant, and the algae bloom, marine biology and social-economic impacts in the area. Our team also looked at adaptation strategies, criteria design and estimated implementation costs.