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Sydney Desalination Plant to Double in Size


ABC News
June 25, 2007


The New South Wales Premier, Morris Iemma, has announced a consortium of multi-national
companies will build the desalination plant in southern Sydney, and it will be
twice the planned size for less than the original estimated cost.

The Government originally planned to build the 125-megalitre-a-day plant at a
cost of $2 billion dollars.

But Mr Iemma has today announced that competitive pressure during the tender
process means the size of the desalination plant can double to 250 megalitres at
a cost of $1.76 billion.

An international consortium, including John Holland and Veolia, has won the $960
million contract to design, build, and run the plant.

Mr Iemma says it will still be run on green energy, and deliver 15 percent of
Sydney's water supply.

The plant is expected to be up and running by 2010.

Of the total cost, $500 million will be spent on building a water distribution
network, while $300 million will be spent on operational costs.

The project will increase water bills by almost $100 a year.

 

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