Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant Investigations

Artists impression of future Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant

As part of our long term planning to secure Perth’s water supply, we have completed feasibility investigations and will seek environmental approvals for a seawater desalination plant at Alkimos. The Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant is one of a number of water source options being considered, with a decision on when a new source may be needed for Perth dependent on a range of factors, including population growth, climate and demand.

What we investigated?

  • A 25 billion litre per year seawater desalination plant, with future expansions of 25 billion litres per year to follow
  • Two new ocean pipelines, below the seabed, that bring seawater into and take brine (salty water) away from the plant
  • A water transfer pipeline to take water from Alkimos to Wanneroo, where the water will be connected to Perth’s water supply
  • Understanding environmental impacts
  • Working with the community to understand its needs

We are also investigating a co-located groundwater treatment plant to be incorporated within the Alkimos Water Precinct.

You can read more about the investigations here.

Working with the community

We invited members of the Alkimos and surrounds community to be a part of our investigations. You can read more about our conversations with community here .

We also met with dozens of stakeholders, with feedback received reflected in our investigations.

We will continue to keep the community and stakeholders updated as we progress our planning.

Protecting the marine environment

Extensive research has been conducted to ensure the offshore pipelines required to bring seawater in and take brine away from the plant are located and constructed with the least possible environmental impact.

You can read more about how we are planning to protect the marine environment here.

Impacts on the local community

A priority of our investigations is minimising disturbance to surround homes and businesses during plant construction and operations. You can read more about how we have designed the plant to reduce noise and screened it from homes here.

Pipeline to Wanneroo Reservoir

Water from the plant will join Perth’s water supply through a 35km pipeline. You can read more about the pipeline here.

Have your say and register to stay updated

You can have provide feedback on the proposed plant or register to keep updated by emailing community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au

By registering your details, you can stay informed and continue to input feedback as we progress in the approval process.

As part of our long term planning to secure Perth’s water supply, we have completed feasibility investigations and will seek environmental approvals for a seawater desalination plant at Alkimos. The Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant is one of a number of water source options being considered, with a decision on when a new source may be needed for Perth dependent on a range of factors, including population growth, climate and demand.

What we investigated?

  • A 25 billion litre per year seawater desalination plant, with future expansions of 25 billion litres per year to follow
  • Two new ocean pipelines, below the seabed, that bring seawater into and take brine (salty water) away from the plant
  • A water transfer pipeline to take water from Alkimos to Wanneroo, where the water will be connected to Perth’s water supply
  • Understanding environmental impacts
  • Working with the community to understand its needs

We are also investigating a co-located groundwater treatment plant to be incorporated within the Alkimos Water Precinct.

You can read more about the investigations here.

Working with the community

We invited members of the Alkimos and surrounds community to be a part of our investigations. You can read more about our conversations with community here .

We also met with dozens of stakeholders, with feedback received reflected in our investigations.

We will continue to keep the community and stakeholders updated as we progress our planning.

Protecting the marine environment

Extensive research has been conducted to ensure the offshore pipelines required to bring seawater in and take brine away from the plant are located and constructed with the least possible environmental impact.

You can read more about how we are planning to protect the marine environment here.

Impacts on the local community

A priority of our investigations is minimising disturbance to surround homes and businesses during plant construction and operations. You can read more about how we have designed the plant to reduce noise and screened it from homes here.

Pipeline to Wanneroo Reservoir

Water from the plant will join Perth’s water supply through a 35km pipeline. You can read more about the pipeline here.

Have your say and register to stay updated

You can have provide feedback on the proposed plant or register to keep updated by emailing community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au

By registering your details, you can stay informed and continue to input feedback as we progress in the approval process.

  • Public comment period opens under Commonwealth EPBC Act

    about 2 months ago

    The Water Corporation referred the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant proposal under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The proposal is now open for comment on the Department of Environment and Energy website for a period of 10 business days.

    You can read our referral here: http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/publicnoticesreferrals. Reference 2019/8453

    Public comment will close on 14 August 2019.

    For information on how to make a public comment on a referral, please see the EPBC Notices Homepage



    The Water Corporation referred the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant proposal under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The proposal is now open for comment on the Department of Environment and Energy website for a period of 10 business days.

    You can read our referral here: http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/publicnoticesreferrals. Reference 2019/8453

    Public comment will close on 14 August 2019.

    For information on how to make a public comment on a referral, please see the EPBC Notices Homepage



  • Level of Assessment Announced by Regulator

    3 months ago

    The Environmental Protection Authority has announced it will assess the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant proposal at the level of Public Environmental Review.

    More information on the determination can be found at the EPA webpage.

    The Environmental Protection Authority has announced it will assess the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant proposal at the level of Public Environmental Review.

    More information on the determination can be found at the EPA webpage.

  • Project update –Seawater Desalination Plant proposals open for public comment

    4 months ago

    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting public comment on the referrals for the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant and Perth Seawater Desalination Plant 2.

    The seven day public comment period is one of the first stages of the EPA process, where the public can provide input on whether the proposal should or should not be assessed.

    Public comment on the proposals is open until 20 May, 2019.

    You can read more about the referral process here.

    To view details of the proposals visit the EPA consultation hub here.

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    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting public comment on the referrals for the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant and Perth Seawater Desalination Plant 2.

    The seven day public comment period is one of the first stages of the EPA process, where the public can provide input on whether the proposal should or should not be assessed.

    Public comment on the proposals is open until 20 May, 2019.

    You can read more about the referral process here.

    To view details of the proposals visit the EPA consultation hub here.


  • Water Corporation refers desalination options for environmental approvals

    5 months ago

    Following more than 18 months of feasibility investigations, supported by stakeholder and community engagement, the Water Corporation has referred two desalination plant proposals to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (EPBC Act) and the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority for assessment.

    The proposals: Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant and Perth Seawater Desalination Plant 2 (in Kwinana), are part of long term planning to secure Perth’s water supply, with current planning indicating a new water source may be needed for Perth within the next 5-10 years.

    To learn more about the proposals and stay updated as assessments...

    Following more than 18 months of feasibility investigations, supported by stakeholder and community engagement, the Water Corporation has referred two desalination plant proposals to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy (EPBC Act) and the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority for assessment.

    The proposals: Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant and Perth Seawater Desalination Plant 2 (in Kwinana), are part of long term planning to secure Perth’s water supply, with current planning indicating a new water source may be needed for Perth within the next 5-10 years.

    To learn more about the proposals and stay updated as assessments progress, including period of public comment, visit: https://yoursay.watercorporation.com.au/future-perth-desalination-plants.

  • Marine Update - February 2019

    7 months ago

    Completion of offshore investigations

    Water Corporation has completed its Alkimos offshore investigations and will now demobilise the marine jack-up barge from the Alkimos area.

    The Corporation thanks the Alkimos community and marine stakeholders for their patience during the work, which is being considered as part of feasibility investigations for a seawater desalination plant at Alkimos.

    The barge will commence its journey to Henderson when conditions are favourable, depending on conditions this could take upwards of 3 weeks.

    Wastewater Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall maintenance

    In coming weeks the Corporation will complete maintenance work on the Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant ocean outfall.

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    Completion of offshore investigations

    Water Corporation has completed its Alkimos offshore investigations and will now demobilise the marine jack-up barge from the Alkimos area.

    The Corporation thanks the Alkimos community and marine stakeholders for their patience during the work, which is being considered as part of feasibility investigations for a seawater desalination plant at Alkimos.

    The barge will commence its journey to Henderson when conditions are favourable, depending on conditions this could take upwards of 3 weeks.

    Wastewater Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall maintenance

    In coming weeks the Corporation will complete maintenance work on the Alkimos Wastewater Treatment Plant ocean outfall.

    The work is planned for completion over 2-3 days, pending weather conditions and will involve divers and a vessel being positioned above the pipeline. Flags and required signage will be in place to advise other vessels to the work.

    Operation of the wastewater treatment plant will not be interrupted during the work.

    For more information phone 9420 3488 or email community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au.


  • Project update - 4 February 2019

    8 months ago

    As part of our long term planning to secure Perth’s water supply, we are nearing the completion of feasibility investigations, and will soon seek environmental approvals, for a seawater desalination plant at Alkimos.

    Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended community events in 2018 or provided feedback online. We value your input, it has allowed us to address community interests and concerns in our planning.

    The Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant is one of a number of options being investigated to secure Perth’s water supply for the future, which also includes investigating a second seawater desalination plant in Kwinana....

    As part of our long term planning to secure Perth’s water supply, we are nearing the completion of feasibility investigations, and will soon seek environmental approvals, for a seawater desalination plant at Alkimos.

    Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended community events in 2018 or provided feedback online. We value your input, it has allowed us to address community interests and concerns in our planning.

    The Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant is one of a number of options being investigated to secure Perth’s water supply for the future, which also includes investigating a second seawater desalination plant in Kwinana. While we may not need a new water source for five to ten years, communicating with you along the way is important to us.

    You can find out more about our investigations and share your feedback with us by completing a short survey. By completing the feedback survey and registering your details with us, you can stay informed as the project progresses.


  • Project update- 9 November 2018

    11 months ago

    Residents and visitors to Alkimos Beach may notice a large offshore drilling barge as it mobilises to the area on November 12 .

    The barge will drill small core sample holes to collect information on the seafloor and geology beneath the sea bed. This information is important to selecting the most appropriate location of and construction method of offshore parts of the potential plant.

    The barge is expected to be in the area off the Alkimos coast until late December. Work will be completed seven days a week (weather depending).

    Vessels are advised to maintain a safe distance of no...

    Residents and visitors to Alkimos Beach may notice a large offshore drilling barge as it mobilises to the area on November 12 .

    The barge will drill small core sample holes to collect information on the seafloor and geology beneath the sea bed. This information is important to selecting the most appropriate location of and construction method of offshore parts of the potential plant.

    The barge is expected to be in the area off the Alkimos coast until late December. Work will be completed seven days a week (weather depending).

    Vessels are advised to maintain a safe distance of no less than 25 metres from the drilling rig. A marine exclusion zone will be in place during the work. A map of the work area and further information is available here.

    Access to Alkimos Beach for fishing, swimming or recreating will not be impacted. A seismic survey of the area is planned to be complete by mid-November.

    We thank the Alkimos community and fishers in the area for your patience while we complete this important work.
  • Project update- 17 October 2018

    11 months ago

    A marine exclusion zone will remain off the coast off Alkimos until the end of October while seismic surveys are completed.

    The work, which started in late September, has involved specialised vessels transiting the area to collect information about the seabed, which is being collected as part of investigations underway in relation to a possible future Alkimos seawater desalination plant.

    Weather delays have affected the completion of the work.

    Once the survey is complete, a core sample drilling program will begin. A large offshore drilling rig might be seen from the coastline. This work...

    A marine exclusion zone will remain off the coast off Alkimos until the end of October while seismic surveys are completed.

    The work, which started in late September, has involved specialised vessels transiting the area to collect information about the seabed, which is being collected as part of investigations underway in relation to a possible future Alkimos seawater desalination plant.

    Weather delays have affected the completion of the work.

    Once the survey is complete, a core sample drilling program will begin. A large offshore drilling rig might be seen from the coastline. This work is planned to take about five weeks from early / mid-November. An exclusion zone will be in place for the area surrounding the rig, delineated by four yellow buoys.

    Water Corporation appreciates the patience of the community, including boaters and fishers, while we complete the work.


  • Marine exclusion zone as surveys begin off Alkimos coast

    about 1 year ago

    A temporary marine exclusion zone will be in place off the Alkimos coast from 17 September, 2018 for up to three months while we complete a seismic survey and core sample drilling as part of our feasibility investigations.

    The surveys will help us understand the subsea geology and where and how the intake and outfall pipelines for the potential future seawater desalination plant may be located and installed.

    The seismic survey, which will be completed by a specially equipped vessel, will be completed first, followed by the core sample drilling, which will be completed using a jack up...

    A temporary marine exclusion zone will be in place off the Alkimos coast from 17 September, 2018 for up to three months while we complete a seismic survey and core sample drilling as part of our feasibility investigations.

    The surveys will help us understand the subsea geology and where and how the intake and outfall pipelines for the potential future seawater desalination plant may be located and installed.

    The seismic survey, which will be completed by a specially equipped vessel, will be completed first, followed by the core sample drilling, which will be completed using a jack up barge. Once the seismic survey is complete the temporary exclusion zone will be limited to within 25m of the rig and be identified by buoys equipped with flashing yellow lights.

    Recreational fishers and boaters are reminded to please stay clear of the exclusion zone and ensure all fishing equipment is removed by 16 September to prevent it being damaged. Beach access will not be affected by the work and the rig may be visible from the shoreline.

    For more information, coordinates and a map of the exclusion zone please click here.

  • Meet the Team: Alkimos Information Showcase – August 19

    about 1 year ago

    We will be joining Lendlease and other government departments and agencies at the Alkimos Information Showcase event on Sunday, August 19 from 11am to 2pm. Come visit the Water Corporation stall to learn about our plans for Alkimos or for some great waterwise information and tips.

    You can also call us anytime by contacting Community Engagement Senior Advisor Tarryn Truscott via email to community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au or phoning 9420 3488.

    We will be joining Lendlease and other government departments and agencies at the Alkimos Information Showcase event on Sunday, August 19 from 11am to 2pm. Come visit the Water Corporation stall to learn about our plans for Alkimos or for some great waterwise information and tips.

    You can also call us anytime by contacting Community Engagement Senior Advisor Tarryn Truscott via email to community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au or phoning 9420 3488.