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Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant. Brisbane and Western Corridor. Australia

Client
Queensland Government
Sector
Water & Utilities
Services
Infrastructure Construction
Duration
2 years
Project partners
CH2M Hill

Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant. Brisbane and Western Corridor. Australia

Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant. Brisbane and Western Corridor. Australia

Full project details

The Western Corridor Recycled Water (WCRW) project is the largest recycled water scheme in Australia. Key to the project is the Advanced Water Treatment Plant (AWTP) at Luggage Point, constructed by Laing O’Rourke in joint venture. The plant provides up to 70 ML per day of purified recycled water to the WCRW pipeline.

The Western Corridor Recycled Water (WCRW) project is the largest recycled water scheme in Australia. Key to the project is the Advanced Water Treatment Plant (AWTP) at Luggage Point, constructed by Laing O’Rourke in joint venture. The plant provides up to 70 ML per day of purified recycled water to the WCRW pipeline. 

The WCRW project is a vital part of the Queensland Government’s $9 billion South East Queensland Water Grid, Australia’s most significant urban drought response scheme. The project included the construction of three AWTPs at Bundamba, Gibson Island and Luggage Point, along with 200 km of pipeline to transfer the water for treatment and then to end users. 

Laing O'Rourke, in partnership with CH2M HILL, formed an alliance with the Queensland Government to design and deliver the Luggage Point AWTP, with Aurecon and Hatch as sub-alliance partners. The first water was produced in September 2008, just two years after the alliance was formed. The greenfield plant comprises pre-treatment, micro-filtration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation processes. Construction activities included building water-retaining tanks and buildings; installing membranes, pipelines and electrical and instrumentation services; landscaping; and developing roads and drains throughout the site. The team constructed the plant alongside the existing local wastewater treatment facility, to provide larger volumes of purified recycled water for delivery to Wivenhoe Dam. 

An integral component of the WCRW project, the plant was designed to treat secondary effluent and produce 70 ML of water each day of a quality fit for supplementing drinking water supplies. The combined technology used by the project for the water treatment processes is unique in Australia, with only a handful of schemes worldwide employing similar technology. Given the critical nature of drought in South East Queensland, the project was given an engineering, procurement and construction period of only 18 months. 

Off-site manufacture and assembly were invaluable in addressing a shortage of available on-site labour and ultimately fast-tracking the delivery schedule. Working collaboratively with other alliance members, Laing O'Rourke was responsible for ensuring the environmental health and safety of the local community and, in particular, students of Pinkenba State School. 

Stakeholder and community management were also essential to the project’s success and, as a result, no community complaints were registered throughout the project delivery phase. Despite a late award and frequent changes to scope, Laing O'Rourke successfully fast-tracked the works while containing risks and retaining client confidence. Even within the very challenging timeframe, Laing O'Rourke demonstrated a strong capability in project and construction management.

Project facts

A key component of Australia’s largest recycled water scheme

Only a handful of schemes worldwide employ similar technology

Comprises water pre-treatment, micro-filtration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation processes

Laing O’Rourke fast-tracked engineering, procurement and construction in only 18 months

The project has received praise from across the world for its design, innovation and progress, which is a testament to the quality and dedication of all our workers

Anna Blighformer Queensland Premier

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