State visit signing for Adelaide desalination expansion

The AdelaideAqua consortium, led by Spain’s Acciona Agua, has received a contract from the state government of South Australia to double the production capacity of the Port Stanvac (Adelaide) desalination plant.

Daily production at the plant will be stepped up to 300,000 m³, enough to deliver potable water to 500,000 inhabitants, half the population of Adelaide. This brings total investment in this project to Aus$ 1.8 billion (US$ 1.45 billion). The plant is expected to reach full production capacity in December 2011.

The contract was signed officially during the state visit to Australia by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain, who were accompanied by officials from Spain’s Department of Commerce and a group of Spanish businessmen with business interests in the country, including Acciona chairman and CEO, José Manuel Entrecanales.