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.[1]

List of desalination plants[edit]

In use[edit]

Plant Capacity (per day) Upgradable Capacity (per day) Location Completion
Gold Coast Desalination Plant 125 megalitres (167 upgradable) South East Queensland 2009
Perth Seawater Desalination Plant 130 megalitres Kwinana, Western Australia 2006
Kurnell Desalination Plant 250 megalitres (500 upgradable) New South Wales 2010
Wonthaggi Desalination Plant 410 megalitres (550 upgradable) Victoria 2012
Southern Seawater Desalination Plant 270 megalitres Binningup, Western Australia 2012 (135 megalitres in September 2011)[1]
Port Stanvac Desalination Plant 270 megalitres South Australia Late 2012 (135 megalitres in April 2011)[2]


Plant Capacity (per day) Upgradable Capacity (per day) Location Notes
Point Paterson Desalination Plant 15 megalitres (123 upgradable) South Australia not yet approved
Onslow Desalination Plant 2 megalitres (Undecided) Western Australia (Onslow)

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