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Har­vey Water has ex­tended its water sup­ply in­fra­struc­ture into Ke­mer­ton In­dus­trial Park in prepa­ra­tion for Albe­marle’s planned lithium plant.

The pipe­line also pro­vides a num­ber of fire­fight­ing sup­ply points in and around Ke­mer­ton which can be used in the event of a bush­fire.

Albe­marle site di­rec­tor Daniel O’Shea said con­struc­tion of the 60,000-tonne lithium hy­drox­ide plant would be­gin soon now that in­fra­struc­ture such as the pipe­line was com­plete.

Mr O’Shea said earth­works were un­der way and the site would be op­er­a­tional via com­mis­sion­ing ac­tiv­i­ties by July 2020.

“We’re very much fo­cused on that process at the mo­ment and busy mak­ing sure we get in­fra­struc­ture like this pipe­line in place lead­ing to ac­tiv­ity on site

“They (fire­fight­ing sup­ply points) are an abil­ity for us to get a sup­ply of water from Har­vey Water and as part of that process we’re able to pro­vide these heavy units to be able to ac­cess water for lo­cal emer­gen­cies for fires, etc.”

Har­vey Water busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Robyn Fenech said the fire­fight­ing sup­ply points such as the new ones in Ke­mer­ton, proved in­valu­able in sav­ing prop­er­ties dur­ing the 2016 Wa­roon­aYar­loop bush­fires.

“The main goal is to sup­ply pro­cessed water to Albe­marle and to ex­ist­ing and other fu­ture in­dus­tri- es in Ke­mer­ton,” Ms Fenech said.

“A great as­so­ci­ated ben­e­fit are these fire­fight­ing sup­ply points that come with the pipe­line... it al­lows lo­cal fire brigades, in the case of an emer­gency, to come and put their own valve fit­ting on the top of them and ac­cess water that comes out un­der con­stant pres­sure.”

“This is new for Ke­mer­ton and it’s only be­cause of the pipe­line com­ing into Albe­marle that there is now this ser­vice in Ke­mer­ton.

Har­vey Water gen­eral man­ager Bradd Hamer­s­ley said the project was an ex­am­ple of how of the lo­cal sup­pli­ers and con­trac­tors will ben­e­fit from the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tional phases of Albe­marle’s plant.

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Albe­marle site di­rec­tor Daniel O’Shea and Har­vey Water busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Robyn Fenech at one of the fire­fighter sup­ply points on the new Ke­mer­ton pipe­line.

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