The Southern Seawater Joint Venture (SSJV) has awarded Siemens a multi-million-dollar contract to provide a 95-mgd (360-mld) membrane treatment system for Water Corp.’s desalination plant in Binningup, south of Perth, Australia. When completed, the 40-mgd plant will produce approximately 15% of Perth’s water supply. The existing Perth Seawater Desalination Plant currently provides 17% of Perth’s water supply, and when the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant is commissioned in 2011, a total of approximately 30% of Perth’s water will be supplied from climate-independent sources.
The project will be delivered as an Alliance between the Water Corp. and the Southern Seawater Joint Venture comprising Worley Parsons, Valoriza Agua, Tecnicas Reunidas and AJ Lucas. Siemens will provide 10 Seablock membrane filtration units, each consisting of 912 hollow fiber membrane modules.
The equipment is manufactured by Siemens in Australia, with technical engineering design and service support provided locally.
Siemens said the Seablock pressurized membrane system is ideal for use in desalination pretreatment applications. Compact and modular in design, the system can be installed and started up quickly, and can be easily expanded to meet future capacity demands without increasing footprint, the company said.