Melbourne desalination plant reaches home straight

Véronique Bonnélye and Bernard Loez, Degrémont Thiess Services Joint Venture – Australia; and Pierre Mazounie, Thiess Degrémont Joint Venture - Australia

An innovative design integrates the Melbourne desalination plant into the coastal landscape.

An innovative design integrates the Melbourne desalination plant into the coastal landscape.

It has cost Suez/Degremont close to € 300 million after being beset by weather and labour problems, but the Victorian Desalination Plant to supply Melbourne, Australia, was officially commissioned in November 2012.

This article looks at the design, construction and start-up of what is now one of the largest seawater reverse-omosis plants in the world.

This article first appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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