Sydney and Gold Coast Desalination Plant Intake Design, Construction and Operating Experience
Australia has embarked on the development of several large capacity seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) facilities to meet future water demands and to provide water security during severe drought conditions. Two of these SWRO facilities, Sydney and Gold Coast, have installed permeate capacities of 266,000 and 133,000 m3/day respectively. The coastal areas of Sydney and Gold Coast contain sensitive marine environments that necessitated the development of intake systems that connect tunnels from the SWRO plant to offshore capacity cap intake structures. The design of these tunnel intake systems is quite unique and has been successfully designed and constructed. The design of the tunnels and intake structures are herein documented with an initial operational assessment.
KeywordsTunnel Boring Machine Remote Operating Vehicle Desalination Plant Gold Coast Seawater Quality
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