Proposals previously assessed

Desalination plant, Port Stanvac

The proposal

The development proposal for a desalination plant by SA Water is situated at Port Stanvac.

The project has a capital value of approximately $1.37 billion and comprises:

  • a desalination plant located at Port Stanvac with a rated capacity of 300 ML a day (100 GL per annum) based on reverse osmosis technology
  • intake and outlet pipelines to draw raw seawater into the facility and discharge concentrate to the Gulf of St Vincent
  • electricity supplied from the grid but sourced from renewable energy sources.

Port Stanvac was identified by the state's desalination working group as the preferred site as part of a major investment in water infrastructure to secure South Australia's water supply.

Assessment stages and documentation

Stage of assessment process



Declaration as major development

17 April 2008

See notice in Government Gazette

Variation to declaration (24 July 2008) – see notice in Government Gazette

Release of guidelines by Development Assessment Commission with level of assessment determined – EIS required

18 September 2008

Release of EIS document by proponent for public comment

12 November 2008

EIS was released for public comment from 12 November 2008 to 24 December 2008.


Written submissions commenting on the EIS were invited until 24 December 2008.

Public meeting

A public meeting was held at Hallett Cove Baptist Community Centre

1 Ramrod Ave
Hallett Cove on 17 November 2008

EIS – chapter by chapter breakdown

Response by proponent to public and agency submissions on EIS document

26 February 2009

Assessment report by Minister

26 February 2009
Desalination plant release of response document advert - (34.4 KB PDF)

Desal Assessment Report - (2.9 MB PDF)

Decision by Governor

26 February 2009

See notice in Government Gazette

Delegate of Governor Decision

12 March 2009

11 June 2009

See notices in Government Gazette

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