Australia: Veolia chosen to deliver the Springvale Mount Piper Power Station Water Treatment Plant

Veolia Australia and New Zealand (VANZ), through Veolia Water Australia Pty Ltd, was selected by Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia to deliver the new Springvale Mount Piper Power Station Water Treatment Plant (Springvale WTP).

The Springvale WTP will be built under a Design, Build, Own, Operate and Transfer contract, and following the construction, VANZ will be responsible for the operations and ongoing maintenance of the pipeline and treatment facility over a period of 15 years. The project is being funded by a partnership with Infrastructure Capital Group, an infrastructure fund manager based in Australia.

Located in Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, the Springvale Mine produces the coal used by the nearby Mount Piper Power Station, providing approximately 15 per cent of New South Wales’ power. This facility will treat the mine water and deliver water to the power station for beneficial reuse. By delivering the Springvale WTP, Veolia will ensure environmental and operational compliance in relation to water outflows and most importantly, enable continued operations of both the mine and the power station.

There are three main deliverables for this project, which include the construction of a 16-kilometre water pipeline connecting the two sites, the treatment and reuse of the mine water and lastly, the implementation of a of a brine treatment eliminating liquid discharge.

“Veolia’s expertise in water treatment as well as our strong presence in mining and infrastructure has given both the Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia the confidence to award this 15-year water infrastructure contract to Veolia, which is so important to NSW’s power supply and provides an environmental outcome that can guarantee the mine’s future,” Doug Dean, Managing Director of VANZ, commented“This contract confirms the added-value solutions and expertise that our Group provides to its energy and mining clients, so that their processes can both comply with industry and regulatory standards and improve the efficiency of their operations.”

While preliminary activities have already commenced, this contract allows construction of the Springvale WTP – which is scheduled to be completed by mid-2019 – to proceed immediately.