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Adelaide Desalination Plant produces first water

04 August 2011

Abigroup as part of the AdelaideAqua D&C Consortium confirmed that the Lonsdale based Adelaide Desalination Plant produced the first desalinated water from the plant on Sunday 31 July. 

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.

The Hon. Paul Caica MP, Minister for Water, takes a sip of the first cup of desalinated water with Gaye Thompson, Member for Reynell

L to R: The Hon. Paul Caica, SA Water Project Director Milind Kumar, AdelaideAqua D&C Project Director Duncan Whitfield, AdelaideAqua D&C Deputy Project Director Jeff Schwisow & Commissioning Manager Andrew Rogers

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