Govt praises industry for CSG water treatment plant

23rd Oct 2013 (Updated 25th Oct 2013), The Chronicle, Toowoomba

QGC's Kenya water treatment plant was officially opened today.

QGC’s Kenya water treatment plant was officially opened today.

UPDATE: Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has hailed the official opening of QGC’s Kenya Water Treatment Plant as “a particularly significant day” for coal seam gas mining in Queensland.

The facility, 35km south-west of Chinchilla, is the most visible sign of the company’s $1 billion investment in water infrastructure in the Surat Basin.

It has the capacity to treat 92 mega litres of water a day at full production.

Speaking in front of about 100 people at the opening, Mr Seeney spoke passionately and off-the-cuff about what he believed the facility meant for Queensland.

Mr Seeney said QGC’s Woleebee Creek Water Treatment Plant near Wandoan would impact his constituents in Callide and that such facilities made it possible for the industry to boom.

“I have always acknowledged CSG water as a valuable by-product, not a problem,” he said.

EARLIER: Treated coal seam gas water will soon be pumped into Chinchilla’s drinking water supply after the opening of a new water purification plant.

QGC will provide the water to 20 landholders and the town of Chinchilla.

The Kenya Water Treatment Plan, about 35km south-west of Chinchilla, purifies water that generally would otherwise not be available for crops or drinking because it is too salty.

The water, which is contained in coal seams, is produced with natural gas.

The $1 billion plant can treat 92 megalitres a day, or the equivalent of that used by about 25 average-size irrigated vegetable farms.

It is the first of two such plants that form part of QGC’s Queensland Curtis LNG Project, which is scheduled to begin exports in 2014.

BG Australia chairwoman Catherine Tanna said the plant demonstrated QGC’s commitment to working with agriculture and local communities.

“We are delighted to help shore up supplies for town consumption and to help landholders to grow crops that, in turn, support the Government’s aim to double food production by 2040,” Ms Tanna said.

“This is a wonderful result for the gas industry, communities, agriculture and government – a demonstration of working together towards a common objective.”

The plant was built by a consortium of GE Power and Water and Laing O’Rourke Construction Pty Ltd, and involved about 250 people at peak construction.

Laing O’Rourke built the plant and GE provided technical expertise and process equipment, including advanced ultra-filtration, ion exchange, reverse osmosis and brine concentration technology.

About 25 people will operate the plant, one of two large QGC water treatment facilities in the Surat Basin that will be operated and maintained by Veolia Water Australia Pty Ltd as part of a 20-year, A$800 million contract.

Associated infrastructure includes a 33-megawatt gas-fired power plant to run the reverse osmosis process, and ponds and pipelines related to the water treatment facilities.

SunWater Limited built and operates a 20km pipeline that transports treated water from the plant to landholders and Chinchilla Weir.

Read more http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/coal-seam-gas-water-flows-darling-downs-homes/2060636/

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