Poseidon selects GHD for desalination project

Poseidon Resources (Surfside) LLC, the developer and owner of the “50-Million-Gallons-Per-Day Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project,” recently announced it has selected GHD to lead a team serving as the Owner’s Engineer for the project.

The project is in the final phase of the permitting process. Poseidon has applied for a Coastal Development Permit from the California Coastal Commission and expects the commission to consider approval of the permit later this year. Approval of the CDP is the final permit necessary to commence project construction, anticipated for second half 2013.

GHD, one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, will lead a multi-disciplinary team to support Poseidon in the development and implementation of the project.

The team will undertake a range of advisory and engineering services as OE, including assisting Poseidon to prepare contractual bid documentation paving the way for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project.

“We are thrilled to have a company of GHD’s caliber work with us on the engineering, procurement and construction of our Huntington Beach Project,” said Poseidon Vice President Scott Maloni. “GHD was selected following a competitive process that involved a number of highly-qualified teams. We are encouraged by the broad international interest in the project and look forward to working with GHD to move the project into its next phase of delivery.”

GHD has been providing engineering and environmental innovations to the water industry since 1928. GHD has extensive global experience in the implementation of large scale seawater desalination plants, most recently having assisted the state governments of New South Wales and Victoria in Australia implement the 66-Million-Gallon-Per-Day Sydney Desalination Plant, at a cost of $2 billion, and the 110-MGD Victorian Desalination Plant, at a cost of $3.5 billion.

“We are delighted to be selected to work with Poseidon. The project will contribute significantly to security of water in the region for future generations,” said Richard Wankmuller, GHD’s executive in charge of the Americas.

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