Hot Standby Operation – Gold Coast Desalination Plant

Sean McCagh, Seqwater, and Scott Murphy, David Cohen and Yvan Poussade, Veolia Water Australia

Aerial view of the Gold Coast plant in Queensland

Aerial view of the Gold Coast plant in Queensland

Much political capital has been made in Australia over its implementation of a desalination programme that has seen the country construct six major seawater reverse-osmosis plants.

In still-dry Western Australia, Water Corporation’s two plants are seen as a boon. With full dams elsewhere, desalination plants have had to be mothballed. This article looks at putting a plant on “hot standby”.

This article first appeared in the August/September 2013 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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