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Desalination contract awarded

MULTIPLEX-DEGREMONT has been selected as the successful tenderer for the $387 million Perth Desalination Project. The project comprises the design, construction and operation of the 45-gigalitre-per-year desalination plant to be located in Kwinana, with scope including seawater intake, pre-treatment, reverse osmosis desalination, drinking water potabilisation and development of a pumping station. The project will be executed in an alliance arrangement with the Water Corporation in two phases covered by separate design, construction and operation/maintenance contracts. The joint venture brings together Multiplex Engineering and the Australian branch of Degremont S.A of France. Degremont has recently commissioned the world’s largest desalination plant in Fujiarah in the United Arab Emirates. The plant is at this stage scheduled for completion by April 30 2007, with potable water supplies being progressively delivered following commissioning in October 2006. Under the deal, the cost of construction has increased from $346 million, which was estimated last July, to $387 million. However, the plant’s projected operating costs have decreased by more than 20 per cent due to improved desalination technology, according to the State Government.

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