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Top Ten Desalination Disasters
by Christopher Gasson
Thursday Jun 27th, 2013 1:29 PM
"The point I am trying to make is that the biggest risk in the desal business is not technology or operations – it is on the demand side. Hong Kong, Carboneras, Santa Barbara and Palm Jumeirah have all entailed significant wastage of money because the demand for water never came in as expected, and as a result tens of millions of dollars were wasted" -- Christopher Gasson
Christopher Gasson's Top Ten Desalination Disasters

1) Wonthaggi, Australia – $1 billion additional EPC costs

2) Hong Kong MSF – big stand-alone MSF which never ran

3) Carboneras, Spain – farmers failed to pay for the water

4) Tampa Bay, Florida – foul-up on EPC contract

5) Carlsbad, California – nearly a decade in permitting

6) Ad Dur RO, Bahrain – pretreatment failure for CTA membranes

7) Point Lisas, Trinidad – EPC costs spiral and parties dispute

8) Santa Barbara, California – rained off

9) Jeddah 1 MSF, Saudi Arabia – acid attack

10) Palm Jumeirah, UAE – demand miscalculation left one of two plants redundant


Risk management lessons from desalination disasters