Sino Iron Ore Project (Australia)

The first pre-assembled large scale plant in the world


The Sino Iron Ore project is the world’s first and only large-scale desalination plant that was pre-assembled elsewhere due to the remoteness of the location.


It provides desalinated water to CITIC Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron project, overcoming a number of extraordinary logistic challenges



  • Capacity: 140,000 m3/day
  • Water Source: Seawater
  • Technology: Reverse Osmosis (RO)
  • Contract type: Engineering, Procurement, supply, supervision of erection, startup & commissioning
  • Location: Cape Preston, Australia
  • Customer: CITIC Pacific Mining
  • Usage: Industry
  • Commissioning date: 2013


  • Size & durability

    The first large-scale pre-engineered modular plant. The entire plant was fabricated in pre-assembled modules and tested in the production facility before being shipped to the site.

  • Design challenges

    Overcame difficult seawater conditions, including very high levels of Total Suspended Solids (TSS), high levels of organics, and numerous algae events, as well as significant daily tidal variations and conflicting currents that reverse seawater temperature and characteristics every six months.


  • Compliance with strict Australian environmental standards

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