Gold Coast Desalination Plant (Qld, Australia)

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GHD was initially engaged to identify alternative seawater desalination technologies as part of a scheme to meet the Gold Coast Council’s future water needs as outlined in its WaterFutures program.

Following this review, GHD undertook water quality analyses and developed preliminary concept designs for a 50Ml/d to 100Ml/d seawater desalination plant. The continuation of the drought had brought this project forward and GHD provided technical support to the procurement team to deliver the project. This project is now being delivered under an alliance contract.



Major water shortages are being encountered around the world in both developed and developing nations. Desalination offers a reliable source of water supply that is not climate dependent. As a result, many utilities throughout the world are turning to desalination to improve the security of their water supplies and to avoid major social and economic disruption.

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As the world’s population grows and our standards of living improve so does our need to manage the water in our environment. We need to maximise its application for human well-being and minimise impact on the environment. GHD engineers, scientists and planners can provide sustainable, cost-effective and innovative water solutions.  We assist water utilities and others who provide water services to optimise infrastructure and adapt to environmental changes in ways that balance the needs of our communities. And we enable clients to meet compliance, improve profitability and maintain their commitment to sustainability.

GHD continually expands the boundaries by engaging in research, enhancing existing systems and strategies, evaluating new procedures and transferring technology from other industries into the water industry. We work with our clients through all project stages planning, investigation, design, delivery, operation and renewal.

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