Melbourne desalination plant to have Hydranautics membranes

Nitto Denko/Hydranautics has been contracted to supply its SWC6 MAX and ESPA2+ membrane elements to the Victorian Desalination Project, currently under construction on the Bass Coast of Australia, near Wonthaggi.

The seawater reverse-osmosis contract, announced on 19 May 2010, was awarded by project design and construction contractor Thiess Degrémont.

Australia’s latest desalination plant is being delivered as a public‐private partnership. When operational, it will have a 440,000 m³/day capacity and supply an estimated 150 million m³ of water per year to Melbourne, Geelong, South Gippsland and Western Port towns.

Nitto Denko Corporation president Yukio Nagira, stated, “The newest SWC6 MAX element was selected for this project because it achieves both the greatest permeate and highest salt rejection in the industry.”

The Victorian Desalination Project is due for completion by the end of December 2011.