Friday, February 5th, 2010
SA Water and AdelaideAqua have launched an innovative training program as part of a joint initiative to proactively plan and secure the availability of key skilled resources for the $1.8 billion Adelaide Desalination Project.

The specific aim of the new Welding Training and Testing Initiative is to attract, train and enhance the skilled resource capacity in the area of specialised welding, welding supervision and welder qualifications. This will help ensure the project is able to secure experienced and prospective resources and tradespeople locally.

“The need for skilled welders was identified as part of the joint initiatives being run by SA Water and AdelaideAqua and builds on key lessons learnt from previous projects,” AdelaideAqua Project Director Paul Tracey said.

“Within our State, the metal and engineering industry has reported a lack of available skilled workers, with many large contractors often forced to look interstate and overseas to satisfy project-based work.”

SA Water ADP Director Milind Kumar said the desalination project has a need for specialised welding tradespeople, due to the highly-technical infrastructure for its seawater reverse osmosis operations.

“This joint initiative will build essential capability and capacity not only to service the needs of the highly specialised area of welding for the ADP, but also build on local South Australian resources which can service other similar projects nationally and worldwide,” SA Water ADP Project Director Milind Kumar said.

“The project’s construction incorporates well in excess of 4000 metres of site run super duplex and other stainless steel pipes and fittings.

“The hands-on and classroom based training that selected tradespeople will receive will equip them with the necessary skills and experience to purse a wide range of career pathways.”

Mr Tracey said he envisaged the creation of a specialised welding expertise and resource pool which will benefit many local industries well beyond the project’s completion date.

Two training providers have been selected to design and deliver the training program, they are – Australian Welding Solutions and TAFE SA (Panorama campus).

For further inquiries, please visit or email your contact details to [email protected] or contact AdelaideAqua on (08) 8329 0700.

About the Adelaide Desalination Project

The State Government announced in February 2009 that AdelaideAqua had been awarded the contract to develop a 50 gigalitre per year plant to provide about a quarter of Adelaide’s total water supply.

In June 2009, the State Government announced the capacity of the plant would be doubled to 100-gigalitres per year.

AdelaideAqua is on track to meet the challenging target set by their client, lead agency SA Water, to deliver First Water by the end December 2010. The 100-gigalitre plant will be at full production by the end of 2012.

Contact Profile


AdelaideAqua - a multi-national consortium of companies comprising McConnell Dowell Constructors, Abigroup Contractors, ACCIONA Agua, and United Utilities Australia – was selected by the State Government in February this year to design, construct, operate and maintain the desalination plant for a 20-year period.

McConnell Dowell Constructors are a specialist engineering, construction and maintenance company with expertise in marine pipelines, tunnelling, mechanical and electrical projects.

Abigroup Contractors are an engineering, building and asset development company that undertakes works in all areas of engineering, water infrastructure, mining and construction.

ACCIONA Agua has 2000 employees who construct, manage and operate water plants and services to meet the needs of more than 50 million people in 20 countries around the world.

United Utilities Australia provides water and wastewater infrastructure and operational services throughout Australia including 10 water filtration plants located along the River Murray from Renmark to Tailem Bend and an advanced wastewater treatment plant at Victor Harbor.
Bernie Auricht
P: (08) 8329 0700
M: 0406 751 084

Sean Whittington

P: 08) 8234 9555
M: 0412 591 520


Skills shortage, Adelaide, South Australia, welders, SA Water, desalination plant, AdelaideAqua



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