Environmental and cultural benefits
Good for the River Murray and the Great Artesian Basin
A new and additional water supply allows us to continue to focus our efforts on using water from the River Murray as efficiently as possible. This project will support ecological outcomes for the Murray Darling system and Great Artesian Basin for the benefit of future generations.
Support for green hydrogen and green steel
South Australia aims to be a global supplier of green hydrogen, capitalising on the reduced costs of solar and wind energy generation and technology advancements. The Upper Spencer Gulf is the likely location for a hydrogen hub in South Australia, and this requires a sustainable water source. Green hydrogen will support the transition to green steel production in Whyalla.
Support for the renewable sector worldwide
Copper is in high demand worldwide because it is a highly efficient electricity conductor and is used in renewable energy systems to generate power from solar, hydro, thermal and wind energy. Producing copper supports the renewable energy sector.
How long will it take to prepare a business case for this project?
The business case is expected to be completed by early 2023. Infrastructure SA will follow a detailed process to assess the merits of investing in infrastructure of this scale.
How much will this cost the SA taxpayer?
One of the objectives of the business case is to inform project costs.
What will the business case consider?
The business case will examine the potential economic and environmental benefits and limitations of this infrastructure project. It will include a comprehensive engagement process with the people and organisations who are interested in this opportunity.
Where will the desalination plant be built?
A site has not been selected yet. Infrastructure SA would expect a contemporary assessment of the environmental and social impacts of a desalination plant in any location.
Will Point Lowly be considered?
Yes, along with other coastal and inland options. We are currently investigating what the viable options are and when we have narrowed this down, we will consult with those communities.
What about the cuttlefish breeding grounds?
A site has not been selected yet. The business case will consider the potential impacts to the marine and terrestrial environment.
What locations will be considered?
Work to assess location options is currently underway and will inform the business case.
How will Native Title and cultural heritage be considered in the context of this project?
Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people connected to Country are key stakeholders to this project and we are consulting with them to seek their input and ideas about how this project can best be delivered.
How can I contribute my views about this project?
Use the contact form at the bottom of this page to send an enquiry to the project team.