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Victorian Desalination Project

The Victorian desalination plant is capable of supplying up to 150 billion litres of water a year to the greater Melbourne and Geelong area.

Project name

Victorian Desalination Project


$5 720 million (net present cost as at September 2009)


Service delivery commenced

Department or agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Private sector partner



The Victorian Desalination Project, located in the Wonthaggi region, achieved final commissioning completion on 17 December 2012.

The plant is capable of supplying up to 150 billion litres of water a year to Melbourne, Geelong and via other connections, South Gippsland and Western Port towns.

The project provides for desalinated water to be delivered from the private sector to the State Government owned water authorities, who will in turn deliver this water to households.

The desalination plant is being delivered as a public private partnership project.

The scope of the project includes the construction and operation of the desalination plant, the 84 kilometre transfer pipeline to connect to Melbourne’s existing water supplies, delivery of power supply for the project, operations and maintenance, and the purchase of renewable energy credits.

On 30 July 2009, it was announced that the AquaSure consortium was the successful tenderer for the project. Financial close was subsequently reached on 2 September 2009.

Contact information

Andrew Ogilvie
Director, Victorian Desalination Project
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Email: andrew.ogilvie@delwp.vic.gov.au

Related information

Aquasure website

DELWP - Victorian Desalination Project

Reviewed 01/08/2019
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