Leighton has announced the production of the first large scale amount of drinking water from its Victorian Desalination Plant.  


The plant has been producing drinking water for the last week in the first phase of its testing process, with Leighton CEO Hamish Tyrwhitt describing it as a significant milestone for the plant.


“We are now operating at around 33% of the plant’s capacity (150 000 m3/D) and will gradually progress to produce 450 000 m3/D at year end,” he said.


“At the Victorian Desalination Plant, Thiess Degrémont is designing and constructing the reverse osmosis desalination process plant, associated marine tunnels and structures, an 84km water transfer pipeline and a co-located underground powerline to supply power to the plant,” said Mr Tyrwhitt.