Victorian Desalination Project

DELIVERING A SAFE AND RELIABLE DESALINATION WATER SUPPLY TO VICTORIA

The Victorian Desalination Plant, based near Wonthaggi, provides a rainfall-independent source of drinking water to Melbourne and some regional communities.

It can supply up to 450 MLD of drinking water per day, or about 30% of Melbourne’s water requirements.

The Victorian Government contracted the AquaSure consortium, which brings together SUEZ and Thiess to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the plant for 30 years.

Commissioned in December 2012, the Victorian Desalination Project features an advanced environmentally sustainable design and includes a two-pass reverse osmosis desalination process plant, marine structures and tunnels, 84km underground water transfer pipeline, 87km underground power supply and 225ha ecological reserve.

This $A3.5 billion project is a public-private partnership that has delivered the biggest desalination plant in Australia and one of the biggest reverse osmosis plants in the world. It sets new global benchmarks in both engineering excellence and ecological integration of a water treatment facility, delivering substantial innovation in energy efficiency and best-practices in ecological integration. It is truly a showcase for the global water industry.

View the Victorian Desalination Project brochure


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Location:
  • Wonthaggi, Victoria
Client:
  • State of VIC (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)
Project Type:
  • Build, Own, Operate and Transfer

Application:
  • Municipal
  • Desalination

Capacity:
  • 440 MLD
Period:
  • D&B: 2009 - 2012
    O&M: 2012 - 2039
Population served:
  • 4.5 Million
Highlights
  • Awarded the ‘Desalination Plant of the Year’ at the 2013 Global Water Awards
  • Awarded the ‘Project Innovation Award’ at the Victorian Water Awards 2013
  • 225 ha of the 268 ha site has undergone one of the largest single ecological restoration projects of its kind ever undertaken in Victoria
  • The plant was commissioned in record time with all quality and efficiency targets being met 100% of the time.
  • Seamless transition to the operation and maintenance phase
Contact Details

400 Lower Powlett Rd, Wonthaggi, VIC 3995

Tel: 03 5671 9000


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