Southern Seawater Desalination Plant
Location within Western Australia
|Location||Binningup, Western Australia|
|Estimated output||100 megalitres per day|
|Energy generation offset||Renewable (TBA)|
|Percent of water supply||Up to 20% of Perth|
|Operation date||January 2013|
The Binningup Desalination Plant is a desalination plant near Binningup, Western Australia, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) south of Perth. It supplies water to the state capital Perth, as well as the nearby regional city of Bunbury and is known as the Southern Seawater Desalination Project It was designed to initially deliver 50 gigalitres of potable water per year but was expanded to deliver 100 gigalitres of potable water per year, or 20% of Perth's requirements. The plant was officially opened in September 2011 at reduced output, and was completed and operating at full capacity in January 2013.
The site is in Taranto Road, Binningup, about 1,200 metres from the coast with most of the plant situated in a now disused limestone quarry. The project includes the laying of a 30-kilometre (19 mi), 1,300-millimetre (51 in) pipeline to deliver potable water to the South West Integrated System via a storage facility near Harvey. The Harvey facility has one 32 megalitre storage tank operational with another one under construction. There is allowance at the site for four 32 megalitre storage tanks.
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- "Binningup desal plant 'must be green'". ABC News. 25 June 2009.
- "Southern Seawater Desalination Plant Proposal, Binningup. State Government Approval" (PDF). Department of Environment; Youth. 22 April 2009. p. 14.