The Seqwater - Veolia Reverse Osmosis Membrane Replacement Project involved the removal and replacement of 16,848 membranes at the Gold Coast Desalination Plant.
Safety was a significant driver during planning activities with an emphasis placed on reducing manual handling and the potential for injury during the loading and unloading process. A mechanical membrane loader/unloader was developed as part of the project which reduced manual handling by up to 85%.
Membrane replacement on the 12 trains was conducted over a 12 week period successfully utilising the mechanical loader system. The successful outcome of this phase, with minimal re-work required, can be directly attributed to the diligence of the installation contractor and the consistent loading of the membranes with the mechanical loader.
2 years 5 months
● Project approval - Commissioning
● Installation - 12 weeks.
● First pass - 13,392
● Second Pass - 3456
● Total - 16,848
● Total Waste To Landfill - 253 tonnes
● Total Waste Recycled - 34 tonnes
● Re-used Membranes - 16 tonnes
● Total - 303 tonnes
● Total Containers Shipped - 18 x 40’ HC
● Total Pallets - 720
● Truck Deliveries Site - 36
Production During Installation
● Forecast - 1215 ML
● Delivered - 1507ML
Contractor hours during Installation
● 2nd pass - 1,500
● 1st pass - 5,500
● Total - 7,000