Designed to deliver up to 100 billion litres (100 gigalitres) of water each year, South Australia’s desalination plant at Port Stanvac, 25km southwest of Adelaide, is part of the state’s Water for Good plan to secure water for the future.
Fantech Sales Engineer Jean Butterfield said the desalination plant was the largest project the South Australian office had worked with. “Many of the fans were non-standard sizes and had to be built specifically for this project,” she said.
Another unusual aspect of the project was ventilating the tunnel pumping station which is located 40m underground.
The station is responsible for pumping sea water into the plant and discharging the concentrated saline back into the sea. These fans will be installed at ground level and ducted through to the pumping station below to ensure the motors are kept cool and remain in operation.
Peter said, at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion, the desalination plant was one of the largest infrastructure projects in the state. “There are currently about 1400 people employed on site, including 25 of our people”.
He said the first building was due to be completed mid-year. It is anticipated that it will start producing drinking water by the end of July 2011. Work has started on the second building and it should be completed in December 2012.