DesalData Weekly - May 24th, 2019

Posted 24 May, 2019 by Mandy

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The Kurnell desalination plant in Sydney, Australia. Credit:

AUSTRALIA – The restart of Sydney’s desalination plant at  Kurnell is progressing faster than anticipated. The $2.3 billion plant resumed operations in January and has been supplying water to Sydney for six weeks. The plant’s current production rate ranges between 42,857 m3/d and 57,143 m3/d. In accordance with the operating license, the plant has until September to reach its maximum capacity of 250,000 m3/d. However, plant operators expect to reach this capacity by August.[1]


SOUTH AFRICA – A five-star hotel in Cape Town has set up its own desalination plant in order to be independent from the city’s water grid. The Radisson Blu, which is located close to the Atlantic Ocean, has sunk a borehole under the hotel to access water. This allows the hotel to pump enough water for the 168 m3/d desalination plant to keep the hotel’s 70 m3 fresh water tank full at all times. The hotel is the most recent large business in Cape Town to build its own desalination plant.[2]


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The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. Credit:


SINGAPOREHyflux has lost control of the Tuaspring Integrated Water and Power Plant, after Singapore’s national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), took control of the desalination plant and shared infrastructure following the termination of its water purchase agreement with Hyflux in mid-May.[3]


U.S.A.Fluence Corporation Limited announced that it has won a $10 million contract for the design, engineering, and construction of a 12,000 m3/d desalination plant for a steel production facility in eastern Brazil.  Construction of the plant will commence in the second quarter of 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The plant will be designed with the possibility of future expansion to 24,000 m3/day and 36,000 m3/day.[4] 








[1] Peter Hannam “Desalination plant restart ahead of schedule as dam levels slide”,, May 13, 2019.  < > accessed May 17, 2019.

[2] Nita Karume “Five-star hotel sets up own desalination plant in South Africa”,, May 14, 2019.  < > accessed May 17, 2019.

[3] “GWCL workers want desalination plant contract abrogated”,, May 7, 2019.  <> accessed May 9, 2019.

[4] “Fluence signs a US$10 million contract for Brazil’s largest seawater desalination plant”,, May 13, 2019.  <  > accessed May 17, 2019.

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