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Major milestone achieved on Adelaide Desalination Project

12 July 2011

Abigroup, as part of the AdelaideAqua D&C Consortium, celebrated achieving a major milestone at the end of June with the safe flooding of the intake tunnel with seawater and then pumping this water into the plant via the intake pumping station at the $1.83 billion Adelaide Desalination Project, connecting ocean and land for the first time.

The achievement of this milestone was announced by the South Australian Minister for Water Paul Caica as he toured the project on June 29 to inspect the newly flooded tunnels and the intake pumping station – the first stop for seawater in the plant.

“This is an important milestone for the Adelaide Desalination Project as the teams here continue to work towards producing the first desalinated water by the end of July and reaching the 100 billion litre annual capacity by the end of 2012,” Mr Caica said.

“Not only have we started bringing seawater into the plant, but we have also recently seen the arrival of the first Reverse Osmosis and Ultra-Filtration membranes to the site – two of the vital and delicate pieces of treatment technology used to desalinate water.

“Reaching these milestones demonstrates the dedication from the SA Water and AdelaideAqua D&C Consortium crews to ensure this very important project is completed with the highest regard for safety, the environment, quality and performance.”

Abigroup, McConnell Dowell and Acciona Agua are in a Joint Venture to design and construct the new desalination plant which will have a capacity of 100GL of desalinated water per year: enough to provide up to 50 per cent of Adelaide’s water requirements.

The project, which began in 2009, is a Design, Build, Operate, Maintain contract with Spanish desalination specialist Acciona Agua responsible for operating and maintaining the plant for 20 years together with water utilities operator Trility (formerly United Utilities Australia).

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