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NSW power station to receive new water treatment plant

The Mount Piper Power Station in NSW is set to receive a new water treatment plant (WTP) with Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia commissioning the construction and maintenance contract to Veolia.

The WTP is being constructed to enhance the quality of mine water discharge, an issue that received considerable attention earlier this year following plans to extend the Springvale coal mine, which supplies the Mount Piper Power Station.

Veolia’s project requirements include: transferring mine water from the Springvale coal mine to the Mount Piper Power Station via a 16km pipeline; the treatment and reuse of mine water at the newly constructed WTP, ensuring excess water discharge complies with relevant environmental obligations; and implementing brine extraction.

Veolia will be responsible for ensuring operational compliance in relation to water outflows and enabling continued operations of both the mine and the power station.

Veolia Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Doug Dean said the group looks forward to providing solutions to mine water issues from Springvale coal mine, while also offering a much improved environmental outcome.

“Veolia’s expertise in water treatment as well as our presence in mining and infrastructure has given both the Springvale Joint Venture and EnergyAustralia the confidence to award this 15-year water infrastructure contract to Veolia, which is important to NSW’s power supply and provides an environmental outcome that will guarantee the mine’s future,” he said.

“This contract confirms the added-value solutions and expertise to [our] energy and mining clients, so that their processes can comply with industry and regulatory standards and can improve the efficiency of their operations.”

Preliminary site activities have commenced and the new facility is expected to be complete by mid-2019.