The alliance also includes Melbourne Water, owner of the plant; Baulderstone/UGI, a joint venture of two local construction firms; and KBR, an international engineering consultant.
The AusUS$ 380m upgrade will greatly improve the quality of treated effluent discharged into the Bass Strait with resulting benefits for the marine environment. The upgrade will also open the door to significantly more recycling opportunities over time and make the plant one of the most sophisticated large-scale wastewater treatment facilities in the world.
Black & Veatch were employed by Melbourne Water in 2008 to lead the technology trials that were successfully completed in early 2009. These trials determined that the preferred treatment processes for the upgrade would be ozone and biological media filtration coupled with ultraviolet and chlorine disinfection.
The construction phase will commence soon and is scheduled for completion in 2012.