Southern Seawater Desalination Plant

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Southern Seawater Desalination Plant
Southern Seawater Desalination Plant is located in Western Australia
Southern Seawater Desalination Plant
Location within Western Australia
Desalination plant
Location Binningup, Western Australia
Coordinates 33°07′43″S 115°42′10″E / 33.128556°S 115.702894°E / -33.128556; 115.702894Coordinates: 33°07′43″S 115°42′10″E / 33.128556°S 115.702894°E / -33.128556; 115.702894
Estimated output 300 megalitres per day
Cost A$955 million
Energy generation offset Renewable (TBA)
Technology Reverse Osmosis
Percent of water supply Up to 33% of Perth
Operation date January 2013 (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[1] 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 33% of Perth's requirements.[2] The plant was officially opened in September 2011 at reduced output, and was completed and operating at full capacity in January 2013.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Binningup Desalination Plant

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