A joint venture between Perth-based engineering group Clough and French company SUEZ has secured a contract to build the second stage of a water recycling plant in Craigie, Western Australia. This contract is a major component in the state government’s $262 million groundwater replenishment scheme.
The exact value of the contract has not been disclosed but in July last year, Water Corporation indicated it would cost about $232 million.
As part of Water Corporation's Groundwater Replenishment Scheme, the Advanced Water Recycling Plant currently has the ability to treat secondary treated wastewater and recharge up to 14 billion litres of recycled water into groundwater supplies each year. The completion of the first stage was by a joint venture between Thiess and CH2m HILL Australia for $214.6 million.
The second stage project expansion includes a 13-kilometre recharge pipeline with recharge sites set in Wanneroo and Neerabup and extending to the north-east of the plant. The plant’s capacity to recharge will be doubled up to 28 billion litres of recycled water each year, providing further security to the residents of Perth.
“We are delighted to receive this award from the Water Corporation of Western Australia. Our long standing history with Water Corporation is one Clough is very proud of.” Clough CEO and Managing Director, Peter Bennett said.
“We are excited to deliver the project in partnership with SUEZ.”
“This development is critical to Water Corporation’s objective to reduce reliance on rainfall and continue to ensure every Western Australian has the water services to sustain the Western Australian lifestyle,” Bennett said.
SUEZ’s Chief Executive Officer - Water, David Lamy, said the company is also delighted to continue its work with Water Corporation.
In partnership with Water Corporation, SUEZ operates and maintains the water production and wastewater treatment assets of Perth and also operates the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant in Kwinana.
“SUEZ is proud of the role we play in delivering safe and reliable drinking water to two million residents in Perth and surrounding areas. The Advanced Water Recycling Plant will provide an additional, climate independent water source to boost drinking water supplies,” Mr Lamy said.
Water Minister Dave Kelly said around 170 local workers would be employed in the stage 2 expansion, with about 90 percent of work to be subcontracted.
The contract was formally announced by the Minister for Water, Dave Kelly at the Advanced Water Treatment Plant in Craigie on 17 October 2017.
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Source: Business News WA