Cape Town brings emergency desalination plant online


DSC_3963CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – THE fast-tracked development of a desalination plant has emerged a crucial decision to address low water resource levels in Cape Town.

WSP – one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent – played a key role in the City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2 megalitres of fresh water into the city’s network per day.

The plant forms part of a series of emergency water supply projects the City of Cape Town Municipality is implementing to supplement the aforementioned challenge.

Quality Filtration Systems (QFS), along with Osmoflo, were awarded the work as the main contractor – to build, own and operate the plant, as well as to decommission the plant at the end of the contract term.

WSP tendered as sub-consultants to QFS, where the company provided design engineering and site supervision services.

“Given the state of emergency of the water crisis in the region, this was a rapid execution, top priority project for all parties involved,” said Marthinus Retief, Principal Associate: Coastal, at WSP Maritime Africa.

The project was awarded to QFS in January 2018. WSP, as sub-consultants, immediately started working on the designs, drawings and specifications for the plant’s ancillary components.

Practical completion of these components was reached within two months and the plant is currently finalising overall commissioning.

Herman Smit, QFS Managing Director, said the work and value added by WSP on the desalination plant played an integral role in timely and professional delivery of the project under extreme pressure.
– CAJ News



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