The Cape Preston desalination plant is the world’s ﬁrst large-scale desalination plant that was pre-assembled elsewhere due to the remoteness of the location. It provides high quality clean water to CITIC Paciﬁc Mining’s Sino Iron project, overcoming a number of extraordinarily difﬁcult environmental challenges.
- Capacity: 140,000 m3/day
- Technology: Reverse Osmosis (RO)
- Project Type: Engineering-Procurement-Construction and Support Services (EPC&S)
- Location: Cape Preston, WA, Australia
- Footprint: 54,000 m2 (300m x 180m)
- Commission Date: 2013
- The ﬁrst large – scale pre-engineered modular plant – the entire plant was fabricated in 60 pre-assembled modules and tested in the production facility before being shipped to the site
- Carefully designed ‘plug & play’ solution – overcame difﬁcult seawater conditions including very high levels of Total Suspended Solids (TSS), high levels of organics, and large numbers of jellyﬁsh, as well as signiﬁcant daily tidal variations and conﬂicting currents that reverse seawater temperature and characteristics every six months
- Compliance with strict Australian environmental standards – the Sino Iron desalination plant is designed to be one of the most electrically and chemically efﬁcient plants in Australia.