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Binningup Desalination Plant: one of the world’s best desalination plants

The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant (SSDP) uses some of the most cutting-edge operating and maintenance practices.

Binningup Desalination Plant

The Binningup Desalination Plant is one of our great achievements in Australia. The project includes the construction, operation, and expansion of the plant. 

Construction began in 2011 on this desalination plant, which can produce 306,000m3/day of drinking water, meeting 17% of the water requirements of the entire population of Perth. 

With a team of more than 30 people, Sacyr Agua and its partners deliver high quality management, meeting the most stringent standards and using the very latest practices in the running and maintenance of this facility.

Over the past few years, the plant has produced more water than required by the client, the Water Corporation of Western Australia. The desalination plant also has an excellent health and safety record, as reflected in the risk statistics published by the Water Corporation and Southern Seawater Alliance. The measures implemented to maintain all favorable KPI indicators for safety include bi-monthly safety meetings and monthly internal audits.



Water produced every day.




Duration of the contract.



Demand in Perth is covered by the Binningup desalination plant.

We minimize environmental impact

Sustainability, productivity, and innovation are the hallmarks of the Binningup Desalination Plant. In the first stage of development, we used non-invasive marine construction technology with intake pipes and discharge via tunnels. We also took into account the surrounding architecture and landscape, monitoring of marine and land species (such as the Possums corridor), operating checks, and the policy of not using chemical products in pre-treatment.

The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant (SSDP) is located approximately 1,300 meters inland from the coastline. It includes an 8-meter high verge that runs 1,100 meters around the perimeter to conceal the Plant from nearby residents and minimize sound and light pollution. The plant is also run using 100% renewable energy.

Awards and accolades

The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant (SSDP)  was named one of the top 100 most innovative infrastructure projects in the world by the consultancy and audit firm KPMG in its report ‘Infrastructure 100: World Markets Report 2014’. 

It has also received accolades such as ‘Desalination Plant of the Year’ at the Global Water Awards 2012, the ‘Western Australia Engineering Awards’ (overall winner, infrastructure & building winner, management of engineering winner) and the ‘Commercial Architecture Award’ from the Institute of Architects Western Australia. Finally, it was considered Project of the Year by the Australian Institute of Project Management.

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