The project has successfully built a water supply network for South East Queensland that consists of a 200 km (124 miles) of large-diameter underground pipeline, three advanced water treatment plants, storage tanks and pumping stations. The supply network will have the capacity to deliver 232 million liters per day (MLD) – 61 million gallons per day (mgd) – of purified recycled water to power stations, industry, agriculture and the Wivenhoe Dam.
Black & Veatch, working in a joint-venture with Thiess, was responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant, the first of the three advanced water treatment plants to come on-line. Stage 1A of the plant, which was completed in only 10 months – about half the time expected for a similar facility – has consistently received recognition from the global engineering industry this year. Stage 1B of the plant was completed in June 2008 and increased the capacity of purified recycled water from 20 to 66 MLD (5 to 17 mgd).
At the Global Water Awards in March, the plant was named Water Project of the Year by Global Water Intelligence magazine. In September in Vienna, Austria, the plant received a Grand Honour Prize in the design project category at the International Water Association Project Innovation Awards. In October the plant was named International Project of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America and as winner of the Project Management category at the Engineers Australia Queensland Division 2008 Engineering Excellence Awards. The project will now be submitted for the Engineers Australia national awards, which will be announced at an event in Canberra in mid-November.
“What is satisfying about the recognition and the global attention that the plant has received is that it has been recognized for its design, project and construction management,” said Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global water business. “That’s a very strong message to send to the industry.”