List of desalination plants in Australia
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As a result of the water supply crisis during the severe 1997–2009 drought State governments around Australia began building desalination plants that purify seawater using reverse osmosis technology. Many of these plants have included in their overall cost the building of renewable energy sources such as wind farms.
Australia's first working desalination plant was the Kwinana plant in Perth, and was completed in November 2006. A second plant on the Gold Coast began operations in February 2009. The Kurnell Desalination Plant in Sydney was opened on 28 January 2010.
List of desalination plants
|Plant||Capacity (per day)||Percent of water supply||Location||Completion|
|Gold Coast Desalination Plant||125 megalitres||27% of South East Queensland||Queensland (Tugun)||2009|
|Perth Seawater Desalination Plant||130 megalitres||17% of Perth||Western Australia (Kwinana)||2006|
|Sydney Desalination Plant||250 megalitres||15% of Sydney||New South Wales (Kurnell)||2010|
|Victorian Desalination Plant||410 megalitres||33% of Melbourne||Victoria (Wonthaggi)||2012|
|Southern Seawater Desalination Plant||270 megalitres||20% of Perth||Western Australia (Binningup)||2012|
|Adelaide Desalination Plant||270 megalitres||50% of Adelaide||South Australia (Port Stanvac)||2012|
|Plant||Capacity (per day)||Upgradable Capacity (per day)||Location||Notes|
|Point Paterson Desalination Plant||15 megalitres||(123 upgradable)||South Australia||project canceled|
|Onslow Desalination Plant||2 megalitres||(Undecided)||Western Australia (Onslow)|
- "Sydney's desal plant switched on". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2016.