icon-electricity Variation to electricity generation licence – South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water)

  • Project Released: Jun 2020
  • Project Closes: Mar 2021
  • Contact: Georgina Lawrence


The Commission has received two applications from the South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) to vary its electricity generation licence.



Current status is Final

  • Initiate
  • Final
  • Initiate
  • Final
  • Initiate
  • Final


The Commission varied South Australian Water Corporation’s electricity generation licence, authorising the operation of an additional generating plant with a with a generating capacity of 18.76 mega-volt amperes and maximum export level of 15 megawatts located at:

  • Adelaide Desalination Plant (Stage 1)

The Commission undertook a round of public consultation in relation to the application and received no submissions from stakeholders.

The Commission assessed South Australian Water Corporation’s application for a variation to its  electricity generation licence against the relevant provisions of the Electricity Act 1996 (Electricity Act) and the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (ESC Act) and determined that all relevant criteria under those Acts have been satisfied. It has therefore approved the application.

The application for the variation sought to authorise additional generating plant at the locations below. The assessment of the additional generating plant described below will be considered separately at a later date.

  • Bolivar
  • Adelaide Desalination Plant (Stage 2)

A copy of the South Australian Water Corporation’s licence may be accessed below.


Please refer to the variation history in the licence for further information on variations approved by the Commission, pursuant to the criteria in the Electricity Act 1996 and the Essential Services Commission Act 2002.