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Lowly to Olympic Dam
18 Jul 2009
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BHP Billiton plans to put a 280 million litre a day desalination plant onto the Point Lowly peninsula. This Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination plant will supply 200 million litres a day to Olympic Dam. This will be fed through a 320 km long, purpose-built pipeline.

The remaining 80 million litres a day is a provision for the State Labor Government to provide potable water to the Upper Spencer Gulf regional townships of Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie.

The desalinated water is to be used by BHP Billiton in its proposed Uranium Mine Expansion at Olympic Dam. This will also supply potable water to the northern outback townships of Roxby Downs and Hiltaba; still to be built as a result of the mine expansion.

The desalinated water will give the Olympic Dam Uranium Mine Expansion a dependable water source for the next 100 + years.

The desalination plant at Point Lowly will run on Renewable Energy sourced from the State Grid

Comments (1)
Kevin Guy Tue, 21 Jul 2009 4:01am

Major development and use of resources. What does the newly formed Water Action Coalition have to say on this issue?