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Water

Entitlements to, and consolidation of, rights to bulk water and buy back of entitlements remain the subject of debate. Whilst the pace of legislative reform has slowed, there remains a need to effect policy, and legislative, drivers to restore and to sustain the health of the country’s water systems.

The industry continues to grapple with the need to engage with the public on the recycling/treatment of waste water. Whilst the heavy rainfall on the east coast of Australia has lessened the immediate need for engagement, ultimately waste water recycling and treatment offers a scalable alternative to desalination plants as over time the industry moves to a restorative and sustainable model.

As the Australian population grows, so does the need for new and expanded reticulation systems and scalable and sustainable development of raw water collection and treatment systems. The dynamism of the industry underlines the need for commercial and legal expertise that is current, and that combines industry experience with technical, commercial and legal expertise, to deal with current challenges and embrace opportunities.

Waste

Pressure to reduce the levels of municipal solid waste going to landfill is increasing in the Australian market. As waste processing and energy from waste (EfW) technologies continue to develop, their costs are becoming increasingly competitive with landfill, in particular as state governments increase waste levies and airspace at landfill becomes scarce as development approvals for new and expanded landfills become more scarce. In addition to the revenue stream from processing waste, biogas produced by waste processing facilities is capable of use to fire EfW facilities to allow renewable energy to be off taken and, in some cases, as gas capable of off-take by gas distributors into their networks.

Our team of domestically and internationally recognised practitioners provides cutting edge advice to the industry, with particular expertise in waste processing and EfW. We have a deep understanding of the risks (commercial, legal and technical) and have multiple solutions to address them.

Our Experience

Adelaide Desalination Plant

When the decision was made to address Adelaide’s water shortages with the building of a desalination plant, it was vital for South Australia Water to lock in a secure, long term supply of competitively priced renewable energy to power it.

Corrs and the South Australian Crown Solicitors Office had to find innovative ways to structure the 20-year deal, believed to be valued at $1.5 billion, in a rapidly-changing legislative environment with ongoing debate about a carbon tax.

A change in Federal Government policy required a redrafting of all documentation part way through the process but the result was a successful environmental outcome.

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Australia’s largest public sector water infrastructure project

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is playing an important role in the future Australia’s water supply – advising on the largest public sector investment in water infrastructure in our nation’s history, the AU$3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project.

In the lead advisory role, Corrs’ Project team assisted the Victorian Government develop project funding solutions for PPP development of the mammoth seawater desalination plant – fully integrating with the technical, environmental, financial and insurance advisors.

Conducted against the background of the continuing global economic crisis, the team developed real-time solutions as the economy evolved, and still achieved contract close earlier than the announced timetable

Corrs was also involved in developing the project’s commercial structure, key approval public hearings and applications, briefing government decision makers, evaluating and advising on procurement, and negotiating finalised project documentation. Corrs has continued to play a lead role advising the State through the construction delivery phase and the range of complex issues arising from the substantial delays to completion.

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Mundaring Water Treatment Project

Corrs was key adviser to the Water Corporation of Western Australia on the A$306 million Mundaring Water Treatment Plant (MWTP). This critical infrastructure asset ensures the long term supply of water to the agricultural and the goldfield areas of Western Australia.

The development was the Water Corporation’s first privately financed infrastructure project, awarded the ‘Government Partnership Excellence Award’ by Infrastructure Partners Australia.

Corrs advised on all aspects of the project, which contributes to the State’s wider objective of diversifying financing sources for the development of infrastructure in WA.

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Queensland Water restructure

Corrs advised Queensland Treasury in relation to restructure of water assets including transfer of bulk water infrastructure from existing water entities and local governments to the Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority and the Queensland Bulk Water Transport Authority.

The water reforms included merging over 20 organisations into three new statutory authorities.

This required a closely coordinated Corrs team with wide-ranging skills to resolve the myriad legal, regulatory, health and safety, asset management, employment and industrial relations, land tenure and intellectual property issues involved.

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Renewable energy in WA

The Water Corporation recently invested in two significant renewable energy projects in Western Australia: the Mumbida Wind Farm and Greenough River Solar Farm, Australia’s first utility-scale solar farm.

The historic deal saw the Water Corporation purchase the entire output of both projects, which will offset the energy requirements from the Corporation’s Southern Seawater Desalination Plant south of Perth. 

The projects illustrate WA’s open and progressive approach to renewable power projects. Corrs advised on the purchase agreements.

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Our Experience

Adelaide Desalination Plant

When the decision was made to address Adelaide’s water shortages with the building of a desalination plant, it was vital for South Australia Water to lock in a secure, long term supply of competitively priced renewable energy to power it.

Corrs and the South Australian Crown Solicitors Office had to find innovative ways to structure the 20-year deal, believed to be valued at $1.5 billion, in a rapidly-changing legislative environment with ongoing debate about a carbon tax.

A change in Federal Government policy required a redrafting of all documentation part way through the process but the result was a successful environmental outcome.

Australia’s largest public sector water infrastructure project

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is playing an important role in the future Australia’s water supply – advising on the largest public sector investment in water infrastructure in our nation’s history, the AU$3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project.

In the lead advisory role, Corrs’ Project team assisted the Victorian Government develop project funding solutions for PPP development of the mammoth seawater desalination plant – fully integrating with the technical, environmental, financial and insurance advisors.

Conducted against the background of the continuing global economic crisis, the team developed real-time solutions as the economy evolved, and still achieved contract close earlier than the announced timetable

Corrs was also involved in developing the project’s commercial structure, key approval public hearings and applications, briefing government decision makers, evaluating and advising on procurement, and negotiating finalised project documentation. Corrs has continued to play a lead role advising the State through the construction delivery phase and the range of complex issues arising from the substantial delays to completion.

Mundaring Water Treatment Project

Corrs was key adviser to the Water Corporation of Western Australia on the A$306 million Mundaring Water Treatment Plant (MWTP). This critical infrastructure asset ensures the long term supply of water to the agricultural and the goldfield areas of Western Australia.

The development was the Water Corporation’s first privately financed infrastructure project, awarded the ‘Government Partnership Excellence Award’ by Infrastructure Partners Australia.

Corrs advised on all aspects of the project, which contributes to the State’s wider objective of diversifying financing sources for the development of infrastructure in WA.

Queensland Water restructure

Corrs advised Queensland Treasury in relation to restructure of water assets including transfer of bulk water infrastructure from existing water entities and local governments to the Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority and the Queensland Bulk Water Transport Authority.

The water reforms included merging over 20 organisations into three new statutory authorities.

This required a closely coordinated Corrs team with wide-ranging skills to resolve the myriad legal, regulatory, health and safety, asset management, employment and industrial relations, land tenure and intellectual property issues involved.

Renewable energy in WA

The Water Corporation recently invested in two significant renewable energy projects in Western Australia: the Mumbida Wind Farm and Greenough River Solar Farm, Australia’s first utility-scale solar farm.

The historic deal saw the Water Corporation purchase the entire output of both projects, which will offset the energy requirements from the Corporation’s Southern Seawater Desalination Plant south of Perth. 

The projects illustrate WA’s open and progressive approach to renewable power projects. Corrs advised on the purchase agreements.

Our Thinking

Doing Business in Australia

Australia is an exceptional place in which to do business. Find out how we can help you develop your business in Australia.

What Queensland’s new government will mean for the resources sector

Tough market conditions means government policy will be increasingly critical to the industry.

Are there ‘real changes’ ahead for Australia’s mining sector?

Tony Abbott has declared Australia is ‘open for business’ but will the Coalition’s promises translate to real change?

New clarity on compensation for landowner time

The Land Court has confirmed the current statutory position in relation to landowner time for resources compensation.

Carbon Farming Initiative gives boost to bioenergy development

The introduction of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) may boost bioenergy development in Australia, particularly in the waste-to-energy sector.

Our Experts

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Andrew Chew

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6607
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