In the l980’s we costed a scheme (with the aid of international shipping consultants) at the request of the SA Gov’t to supply Adelaide with 200 million tonnes of water annually from the Ord River at $ 2.40 per tonne. This compared with $ 7.70 a tonne for a pipeline from the Ord River and up to $ 3.50 for seawater desalination. Some costs have decreased and some have increased, however we expect that an updated study will demonstrate that the ship transport of water from the Ord will still be significantly cheaper than either a pipeline or desalination to coastal
locations in Australia.
SHIP TRANSPORTED WATER FROM THE ORD:
- Can drought proof Australian cities.
- Uses less energy than a pipeline or desalination.
- Has a low salt content and is able to be blended with other nearby slightly too salty sources of water.