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Victoria’s desal a public-private partnership; five firms line-up for $1.6b bonanza of guaranteed cash-flow

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

According to Duncan Hughes, at least half of Victoria’s $3.1 billion desalination plant, the country’s largest, would be delivered as a public-private partnership, Victorian Premier John Brumby said on 19 September, reported The Australian Financial Review (20/9/2007, p.3). Five companies compete for $1.6bn network project: A decision was pending on the massive $1.6 billion network of pipes needed to take in sea water for processing and delivering processed water to dams. Five of the world’s biggest desalination companies were interested in tendering for the plant, which is expected to deliver about 150 billion litres of water a year, and they are negotiating with builders and operators to form consortiums.

List of interested companies: United Utilities Australia, a subsidiary of Britain’s largest water company, is expected to tender with Spain’s Acciona Agua. Others likely to consider consortiums are Israel’s IDE (Israel Desalination Enterprises), which recently opened an office in Melbourne; GE Water, a division of the US conglomerate; French infrastructure experts Degremont; and Veoli Environment, another French company. The Plenary Group, a Melbourne-based investor, developer and operator of PPPs, which recently launched another Victorian water project, said it would become involved with the desalination plant if it was a PPP.

The Australian Financial Review, 20/9/2007, p. 3

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