A R74-million desalination project was swiftly completed to allow South32’s Hillside Aluminium smelter in Richards Bay to continue operating despite severe water restrictions.
We were responsible for the overall conceptual solution development, as well as the detailed civil engineering works, raw water pipeline, pump selection and brine pipeline designs.
Innovative use was made of existing infrastructure that reduced construction costs and precluded possible delays. The project was completed in 32 weeks.
The plant produces 2 Ml of industrial process water by removing minerals from seawater abstracted from Richards Bay harbour.