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Behind-the-scenes: Australia's Newest Desalination Plants

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:54:00 +1000

Ozwater '13 delegates including ADRI's Professor Michael Porter were given a behind-the-scenes look into the successful delivery of Australia's newest desalination plants last month. The workshop at the Perth event, led by National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA) CEO Neil Palmer, explored the refinancing and lease of Sydney Water's $2.3 billion plant to a Canadian-Australian super fund consortium, detailed South Australian Water's holistic management of its cutting edge Adelaide Desalination Project, and examined the workings of Western Australia’s competitive alliance process championed by the Water Corporation for the state’s two desal plants.

Porter spoke about his new projects (see below) investigating better water governance and policymaking surrounding the hundreds of small desalination operations scattered across the country, and the need to raise the importance of desalination as necessary insurance integrated within broader bulk water supply networks.

Porter's modelling in collaboration with Griffith University simulating over 100 years' alternative scenarios of drought and desalination with different pricing, financing and desal investment regimes will be featured at the Australian Awater Association's Membranes and Desalination Conference in Brisbane in July.

Scroll down to the bottom of our Resources page to download your copy of A Tale of Two Cities: Desalination and Drought in Perth and Melbourne - a report prepared by Professor Porter for NCEDA under: 'Desalination for Australian Economic Development'.


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Professor Michael Porter and GWI's Editor of Water Desalination Report Tom Pankratz at their desalination overview during Ozwater'13.
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