QGC’s water treatment plant at the company’s northern gas fields near Wandoan, Queensland, has been named Industrial Water Project of the Year at the annual Global Water Awards which recognise the most impressive technical or environmental achievement in the field of industrial water.
Designed and built by GE ad Laing O-Rourke Australia, QGC’s Northern Water Treatment Plant is the largest of a trio of produced water treatment plants that treat saline water produced as part of the coal seam gas extraction process.
The plant has the capacity to purify 100,000 cubic metres of water per day which is then reused by the local communities and farmers.
The water treatment plant – which was commissioned in May 2015 – features GE’s advanced water treatment technologies including ZeeWeed* submerged ultrafiltration, ion exchange and three-stage reverse osmosis followed by brine concentration.
“Due to the plant’s remote location, it was imperative to utilise the latest off-site construction techniques to streamline the construction process and minimise the impact on the local environment,” GE said in a press release.
“The pipe racks were modularised and manufactured to allow a “plug-and-play” approach using a pre-defined installation sequence and were trucked in according to carefully timed transport envelopes, limiting the need for police escorts and pilot vehicles. Meanwhile, the three, 120-tonne brine concentrators were manufactured off-site in New Zealand before being shipped in one piece to Brisbane, trucked to the site and installed using one of the largest mobile cranes in Australia.”
Heiner Markhoff, president and CEO—water and distributed power for GE Power, congratulated QGC on winning the award.
“Congratulations to QGC on winning the prestigious Industrial Water Project of the Year award for the Northern Water Treatment Plant,” Mr Markhoff said.
“GE is proud to have been a part of this project from design through commissioning.”