Huntington Beach, CA – Poseidon Resources (Surfside) LLC (Poseidon), developer and owner of the 50 Million-Gallon-per-Day (MGD) Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project (Project) today announced it has selected GHD to lead a team serving as the Owner’s Engineer (OE) for the Project. The Project is in the final phase of the permitting process. Poseidon has applied for a Coastal Development Permit (“CDP”) 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 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,” said Maloni.
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 to implement the 66 MGD Sydney Desalination Plant ($2B) and the 110 MGD Victorian Desalination Plant ($3.5B).
GHD’s Executive-in-Charge of the America’s, Richard Wankmuller said, “We are delighted to be selected to work with Poseidon. The project will contribute significantly to the security of water supply in the region for future generations.”
GHD is currently the OE for Poseidon Resources’ 50MGD Carlsbad Desalination Plant, and has provided engineering, planning and advisory services for a number of other desalination projects in Southern California.
GHD will be supported by a multi-disciplinary team of firms with extensive experience in implementing large scale projects in Southern California and internationally. This team includes: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Snell & Wilmer, Valoriza, ARB Inc., Butier Engineering, Dr. Scott Jenkins from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Dudek, RBF (Baker), Trussell Technologies, MBC Environmental, Southland Industries and Porter Novelli.
Poseidon Resources specializes in developing and financing water infrastructure projects, primarily seawater desalination and water treatment plants. These projects are implemented through innovative public-private partnerships in which private enterprise assumes the developmental and financial risks. For more information on Poseidon Resources and the company’s projects, visit www.hbfreshwater.com.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."