Suez and Thiess sue Siemens over VDP switchgear

Suez and Thiess have filed a writ against Siemens in the Victorian Supreme Court, Australia, over the failure of a gas-insulated switchgear at the Victorian Desalination Plant (VDP), reports Victorian news outlet Herald Sun.

VDP operator AquaSure, a joint venture of Suez (formerly Degrémont) and Thiess, was in phase three of re-energising the plant in the second half of 2016, when the problem with the switchgear occurred.

The company was under contract to deliver 50 million m3 of desalinated water by 30 June 2017, but fell short on the full order by four million m3, resulting in a reduction to its payment.

The court filing reportedly covers losses, damages, costs and expenses arising from the incident.

Construction of the 150 billion m3/d capacity mega seawater reverse osmosis plant was completed in 2012, when the facility went into standby mode. Having completed its first and only water order in 2017, the plant is again on standby.

Victorian Desalination Plant fails to deliver full water order (July 2017)

Switchgear damage delays VDP re-energisation (January 2017)

Case study: Victorian Desalination Plant prepares to deliver first water order (October 2016)

‘We’re among the hardest hit by a drying climate,’ Sue Murphy, Water Corporation (October 2016)