Located west of Sydney in Lithgow, New South Wales, the Springvale Mine produces the coal used by the nearby Mount Piper Power Station. The new water treatment plant will ensure environmental and operational compliance in relation to water outflows. It will allow the continued operation of the mine and power plant, which provides 15% of New South Wales’ power.
There are three main deliverables for this project, which include the construction of a 16 km water pipeline connecting the two sites, the treatment and reuse of the mine water, and the implementation of a brine treatment eliminating liquid discharge.
“Veolia’s expertise in water treatment as well as our strong presence in mining has given both the Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia the confidence to award this 15-year water infrastructure contract to Veolia, which provides an environmental outcome that can guarantee the mine’s future. This contract confirms the added-value solutions and expertise that our Group provides to its energy and mining clients”, commented Doug Dean, Managing Director of Veolia Australia and New Zealand.
Construction of Springvale Water Treatment Plant is scheduled for completion mid-2019.
Veolia in Australia-New Zealand: in Australia and New Zealand for more than 40 years, the Group develops water, waste, and energy management solutions serving 65,000 customers. It employs 4,000 people and operates 123 water and wastewater treatment plants and more than 240 waste management, resource recovery and industrial cleaning sites.
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> Presse release: Australia – Mining & Metals. Paris-Sydney, 4 décembre 2017