Beneficial Reuse in the Surat Basin

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The treatment and reuse of associated water produced as a byproduct of coal seam gas extraction is both an issue and opportunity for oil and gas exploration and production companies. MWH Global is applying our knowledge of water treatment principles, in combination with our water resources and agricultural expertise, to partner with these companies to identify practical solutions. Our services underpin the successful planning, permitting and implementation of irrigation infrastructure for the beneficial reuse of associated water.

    Location: Queensland, Australia
    Region: Asia Pacific
    Service Offering: Engineering & Design
    Client Type: Private Sector
    Status: Complete

    Services have included project management, soil assessment, flora and fauna and cultural heritage surveys, crop suitability assessment, irrigation master planning, salt transport modelling, permit application development and condition negotiations, detailed design, tendering and contract negotiations, irrigation system operational management plans, construction oversight and operational support.

    MWH innovations have facilitated project approvals and an understanding of cropping systems, water management and the economics of feed production. These innovations have included:

    • Recognisance and detailed soil surveying techniques that have reduced the timeline and improved quality of information to ease processing by regulatory authorities
    • Detailed crop suitability assessments which have provided additional options and opportunities for agriculture in the region
    • Bundled services to reduce cost and time for delivery of detailed designs and tendering.

    This beneficial reuse project covers in excess of 2,000 hectares of agribusiness projects across multiple sites in the Surat Basin and will ultimately benefit the local residents as well as the economy of the Basin, which includes towns such as Dalby and Chinchilla.

    • Irrigation Planning
    • Irrigation Design
    • Irrigation Construction
    • Irrigation Operations
    • Timely delivery in short timelines, particularly through the use of multi-criteria analysis of technology options to evaluate all perspectives from internal stakeholders
    • Innovative cropping systems which will provide local graziers with essential dry season food security

    Our address

    Queensland, Australia
    -20.917574, 142.702796

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