A consortium of Spanish company Sacyr Industrial and Australian company Leed Engineering and Construction has secured a contract for the design, construction and management of a tertiary water treatment plant for agricultural purposes in the north of Adelaide, Australia.
The contract has been awarded by SA Water, a government business enterprise wholly owned by the Government of South Australia.
The AUD133.4m (€85m) project will be developed in phases.
The EPC project includes the construction of infrastructure for the distribution of water for agricultural purposes besides the possibility of adapting the plant to include reverse osmosis (RO) technology.
The plant will have a capacity to produce up to 12 hectometres per year.
Designed with the latest water industry technological advances, the facility will treat and recycle effluent from the treatment plant located in Bolivar, and distribute the treated water through a 22km pipeline.
Through its water management cycle subsidiary Valoriza Agua, Sacyr will operate the facility for a minimum period of five years.
Engineering work has already commenced and the plant is scheduled to supply water to agricultural customers by the end of 2019.
The project is expected to enable the development of agriculture with high water use possibilities in the region and boost the export of greenhouse products based on the latest technologies.
Sacyr is already executing projects in three Australian states.
In Binningup (Western Australia), the company has designed, built and currently manages the RO seawater desalination plant, which generates 306,000m3 per day of drinking water, covering 34% of the demand of Perth.
Sacyr has built Newman’s new drinking water treatment plant for mining company BHP Billiton, also in Western Australia.
In Melbourne (State of Victoria), the company is constructing a mechanical and biological urban organic waste treatment plant of Dandenong South (Melbourne).
This plant will treat organic waste from selective collection during a 15-year exploitation period. It will have a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per year and will serve a population of 1.2 million in Melbourne’s south-east metropolitan district.