25/03/2010 - 00:00

Water works budget $1.1bn

25/03/2010 - 00:00

Bookmark

Save articles for future reference.

WORK on the Southern Seawater desalination plant has progressed to stage one of completion after being given the go-ahead last June.

Water works budget $1.1bn

WORK on the Southern Seawater desalination plant has progressed to stage one of completion after being given the go-ahead last June.

The $955 million Binningup project (pictured right), now with its foundations complete, is the Water Corporation’s largest-ever project and will be Western Australia’s next major source of water.

While the main contractors, Tecnicas Reunidas and Valoriza Agua, are Spanish, the project has enlisted construction support from local contractors.

Listed companies AJ Lucas and WorleyParsons hold the two main contracts, while WA-based companies including Georgiou Group, Civmec, and Cimeco, a subsidiary of ASX listed Forge Group, have smaller construction contracts.

After the desal plant, the state’s next major water infrastructure project will be at Mundaring Weir, where an estimated $300 million will be spent on a major upgrade.

The upgrades will be made to some of the weir’s century-old sections and a new treatment facility will be developed for the water, the bulk of which is supplied to Kalgoorlie and surrounding areas.

Most of the upgrade will be completed through a public private partnership, the first of its kind for the water sector.

WA’s dams have also been on the Water Corporation’s radar, with the $47 million upgrade of Stirling dam completed in February and work having started on a $40 million upgrade of the Wellington Dam.

In addition, the Water Corporation is continuing to work on two major wastewater projects.

The W2W Alliance is spending $352 million upgrading three of Perth’s wastewater plants, while the Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Scheme has a $360 million budget.

In total, $1.1 billion is being spent on capital works projects in the water sector this year, or about 15 per cent of the state’s total capital works budget.

The total spend was set to be even higher until the last state budget, when WA’s four-year water management budget was cut by $560 million.

The budget cuts will require the Water Corporation to reprioritise projects over the next three years, with $40 million to be cut from the budget next financial year, $165 million in 2011-12, and $260 million in 2012-13.

 

STANDING BY BUSINESS. TRUSTED BY BUSINESS.

Subscription Options