AdelaideAqua D&C Consortium confirmed today that the Lonsdale based Adelaide Desalination Plant has produced the first desalinated water from the plant.
AdelaideAqua D&C Management Committee representative, Mr Neil Cain, said that the AdelaideAqua team have done a great job achieving this milestone on this technically complex project.
“The team here onsite have delivered the first desalinated water from the Adelaide desalination plant which is a critical piece of cutting edge infrastructure for South Australia’s future,” Mr Cain said.
“This is a remarkable achievement for our dedicated workforce and the South Australian subcontractors who have worked hard together on this project,” he said.
Project Director Duncan Whitfield said that with the completion of this activity, AdelaideAqua will now complete works in preparation for exporting drinking water into the water network.
“Over the past 6 months my team started the process of commissioning sections of the plant in preparation for the production of desalinated water by July 2011,” Mr Whitfield said.
“Without compromise to safety, quality and the durability of our works we have achieved this commitment,” he said.
Mr Whitfield said that the desalination plant is on track for overall completion by the end of 2012 when it will be able to deliver 100GL of drinking water per year - up to half of Adelaide’s annual water needs.
“We are on track to deliver the 100GL plant by the end of 2012. There has been no change to this committed date since its first announcement in 2009,” he said.
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About the project
The Adelaide desalination plant and associated marine works is one component of the $1.83b Adelaide Desalination Project.
In February 2009 the South Australian Government announced that AdelaideAqua was awarded the contract to design, build, operate and maintain a 50-gigalitre per year plant to provide a quarter of Adelaide’s total water supply.
In June 2009, following a commitment of more than $450 million by the federal and state governments, the State Government announced the capacity of the plant would be doubled from 50GL to 100GL.
The desalination plant is on track for overall completion by the end of 2012 when it will be able to deliver 100GL of drinking water per year - up to half of Adelaide’s annual water needs.
AdelaideAqua - a multi-national consortium of companies comprising McConnell Dowell Constructors, Abigroup Contractors, ACCIONA Agua, and TRILITY Pty Ltd – was selected by the State Government in February 2009 to design, construct, operate and maintain the desalination plant for a 20-year period.
AdelaideAqua D&C Consortium (McConnell Dowell Constructors, Abigroup Contractors and ACCIONA Agua) will design and construct the desalination plant and associated marine works.
AdelaideAqua Pty Ltd (ACCIONA Agua and TRILITY Pty Ltd) will operate and maintain the plant for 20 years.
McConnell Dowell Constructors is an Australian based major engineering, construction, building and maintenance contractor delivering infrastructure to the building, mining, oil & gas, power, petrochemical, social and public infrastructure, transport and water sectors. The Group has a broad construction offering with complete multi-discipline capability in building, civil, fabrication, electrical and mechanical works and are engineering and construction specialists in pipeline, tunnelling, marine and rail construction.
Abigroup is one of Australia’s leading and most diverse national contractors and in 2011 is celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary. Abigroup’s expert teams deliver works in areas including water, roads, buildings, rail, mining services, tunnels, bridges, telecommunications and energy. Abigroup is part of Lend Lease. For more information please visit www.lendleaseinfrastructure.com.au
ACCIONA is a global leader in renewable energy, water and infrastructure. ACCIONA Agua is the company’s water cycle division and employs 2000 people around the world who design, construct, operate and maintain water and wastewater infrastructure to meet the needs of more than 50 million people in 20 countries. Adelaide Desalination Plant and Mundaring WTP are Australian successes.
Since it was formed in 1991, TRILITY Pty Ltd has become a recognised leader in delivering infrastructure services to the Australian water sector, providing expertise in treatment and network operations and maintenance across a range of water, wastewater, and re-use services to more than three million people across Australia.