Technical Tour

Adelaide Desalination Plant at Port Stanvac, d’Arenberg Winery and the town of Hahndorf

This tour is limited to 25 people.

Date: Friday, 9 December 2016

Cost: $100.00 per person

9:30 am: Depart Adelaide
10:15 am: Arrive at Plant
10:30 am: Tour commences
12:30 pm: Tour concludes
1:30 pm: Lunch & Tasting – d’Arenberg Winery
2:30 pm: Depart d’Arenberg Winery
3:00 pm: Arrive at Hahndorf
4:00 pm:Depart Hahndorf
4:45 pm: Arrive back in Adelaide

The Adelaide Desalination Plant (ADP) at Port Stanvac was built to provide long-term water security for South Australia. The ADP has been delivering drinking water since 2011, and thus far has supplied approximately 134 GL to the SA Water distribution network. The plant is fully owned by SA Water.

In December 2012, after construction and a comprehensive commissioning period, the plant was handed over to the Operator, Adelaide Aqua Pty Ltd (AAPL). AAPL are contracted to operate and maintain the ADP on SA Water’s behalf for 20 years.

In full operation, the plant can deliver 100 gigalitres (GL) per year, through two identical process plants each capable of producing 150 megalitres per day. The water production capacity is extremely flexible, with the Plant being capable of output between 10% and 100% of its capacity in 10% increments. This allows SA Water to set a production schedule to suit customer demand and prevailing environmental conditions such as weather and catchment inflows.

The plant utilises a 3 stage pre-treatment process including ultrafiltration membranes to remove particulates from the raw seawater, followed by a two pass reverse osmosis system to remove the majority of the dissolved salts. A post-treatment process ensures water leaving the plant is ready to drink and this water is transported approximately 14km to the Treated Water Storage Tanks at Happy Valley from where it is distributed to the network.

The tour of the plant will include a walk-through of the treatment process from beginning to end, including one of the main process buildings which house the ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis treatment systems.

After the technical tour delegates will enjoy lunch at the beautiful d’Arenberg Winery and then a free hour to wander the township of historic Hahndorf. Settled in 1939 by Prussian Lutherans bravely seeking religious freedom on the other side of the world, Hahndorf’s picturesque colonial charm remains remarkably intact. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and celebrated 175 years in 2014


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