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John Holland named on desalination project

The Cardinia Connection Alliance and Melbourne Water have been contracted to construct a 2.3-kilometre water pipeline to Melbourne’s second-biggest reservoir and build a new pump station.The $50 million project will connect the end of the 84km pipeline from Melbourne’s new desalination plant, which finishes in Berwick, with Melbourne’s existing water supply system.The desalination plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011.The project proposes desalinated water will travel through Melbourne Water’s new pipeline into Cardinia Reservoir. A new pump station will enable desalinated water to be transferred along an existing pipeline from Cardinia to Silvan Reservoir, expanding the supply footprint for desalinated water to most of suburban Melbourne.John Holland and SKM have experience in delivering similar works, as both were part of the alliance that built the 70km Sugarloaf Pipeline.“The Sugarloaf Pipeline and the desalination plant will provide more flexibility in how we supply water to Melbourne, which we know is the key to dealing with climate uncertainty and population growth,” Melbourne Water’s general manager of asset planning Paul Pretto said.

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