Transporting Kimberley water to Australian capitals by tanker

Michael Derry tells me he has been working on this scheme for some years now. All explained at

I looked for cost estimates to build these million ton supertankers but could not see anything.

6 comments to Transporting Kimberley water to Australian capitals by tanker

  • The WA Gov’t costings on desalination have serious flaws in them. For
    example the Water Corp’s estimate of cost is $ 1.16 a tonne yet the QLD
    Gov’t which is in the process of building a $ 1 billion desalination
    plant puts it at $ 2.55.
    Do we have smarter engineers in WA or better seawater than QLD ?

    The estimated cost of a 1 million tonne supertanker is $ 200 million,
    although this fluctuates according to market conditions. This will
    deliver a similar quantity of water as the existing $ 387 million
    desalination plant at Kwinana. I hope that this puts things into

  • John A

    Any sign of the end of the Big Dry yet?

  • If you go to;
    you see April was passable over much of Southern Aust.
    Next choose the 1 week period, and by clicking back day by day with the Earlier button, you can see that a week to 10 days ago NW WA, thru the centre and NSW-Vic all did pretty well. Enough to get the tractors a-sowing in the East.

  • Louis Hissink

    Equally related was an interview recently of Lance Endersby by Alan Jones.

    Endersbeed pointed out that when the Snowy Mountains Scheme was designed, Adaminaby dam was designed to hold sufficient water reserves for a 9 year drought. We just are at the end of that cycle and as Endersby points out, the Snowy system is working perfectly. We expect the next 2 years to be wetter.

    What our politicians have not done is increased water supplied to match population increases, so it’s not nature that is the problem but political resolve and politicians being blindsided by the loonies in the Greens and the LL of the ALP.

  • John A

    When does the Big Wet normally arrive in Queensland?

  • If you go to the BoM front page at;
    Glance midway down right hand side.
    About Meteorology
    * Indigenous Weather Knowledge
    takes you to a clickable map.
    If you click on the Red dots you get the locals perspective on seasonal changes.
    The big wet (our Monsoon), JohnA affects the whole top end or far north incl far N Qld but of course the rain and cyclones wander southwards too when it suits them.
    The BoM says, Nov to May so it is just ending.
    If you go to;
    Click on NAT then choose 6 months in the Amount column, you see a great map of the season 1 Nov-30 Apr. Try Anomalies or Percentages etc for other views on the numbers.

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