Darwin River Dam Pump Station reaches construction milestone

Water is a key enabler for urban, economic and agricultural growth. It will play a prominent role in reaching the Territory Government's goal of becoming a $40 billion economy by 2030. The construction of the new Darwin River Dam pump station, which will improve water supply reliability in the Darwin region, has nearly reached the halfway mark.

Water is a key enabler for urban, economic and agricultural growth. It will play a prominent role in reaching the Territory Government‘s goal of becoming a $40 billion economy by 2030. The construction of the new Darwin River Dam pump station, which will improve water supply reliability in the Darwin region, has nearly reached the halfway mark.

McMahon Services is completing this $29 million project, employing 100 Territorians. The main pump hall construction basement, complete with above-ground walls and steel structure, will be installed over the next few months.

Construction of the Pump Station’s ancillary buildings is also underway, with the High Voltage Switch room, Power intake building and Transformer bays coming along.

Territory contractors are being used to carry out the associated earthworks, including building pad construction, trenching for electrical and fibre optic cable conduits, and improvements to stormwater drainage.

The new pump station will be hydraulically and economically more efficient during the Dry Season and when higher flows are experienced.

Darwin River Dam provides 85 per cent of the Darwin Region’s water supply. The current pump station, built in 1972, drives water to the Darwin water system network customers, including Palmerston and surrounding areas.

The new pump station will improve supply reliability and allow the existing pump station to be taken offline for major refurbishment works on the mechanical equipment, electrical systems, and building.

Investment in this project will provide increased pumping capacity and prudent redundancy to support the region’s future growth and maintain the security of our water supply network. Construction is due to be completed in 2025.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Essential Services Kate Worden:

“The upgrade of the Darwin River Dam pump station will ensure residents in the Darwin region will have a secure water supply into the future.

“The Territory Government can invest in our power and water system because Territorians own these assets.

“Only a Territory Labor Government will keep these assets in the hands of Territorians.”

Quotes attributable to Power and Water Executive General Manager Stephen Vlahovic:

“Power and Water’s investment in this critical project will complement the Manton Dam Return to Service and Adelaide River Off-stream Water Storage projects to meet increased population and industry growth demand.

“The new pump station is one of our highest priority water capital projects, and we are proud to deliver an even more reliable water future for the Darwin community.”

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