Geelong-Shell Water Recycling Project (also known as the Northern Water Plant)


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.


Geelong-Shell Water Recycling Project: Fact sheet (PDF - 274.08 KB)

About the project:

Project location: Geelong, Victoria

Funding recipients: Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment

Total Australian Government funding: $20,000,000 (GST exclusive)

Total project value: $93,842,000

Other financial contributors: Shell Australia, Victorian Government, Barwon Water

Water savings: up to 1.817 GL/yrL/yr

Barwon Water (Barwon Region Water Corporation) has been contracted to manage the building of the Northern Water Plant, a 1.817 gigalitre per year (GL/yr) water recycling plant located at the Shell Refinery site in northern Geelong. The water produced will be used on site to offset the use of potable water. Class A recycled water will also be made available to local community facilities such as sports fields.

Project benefits/objectives:

  • The Plant will now provide the Shell Refinery with 1,817 million litres per year of recycled water rather than drawing it from Geelong's potable water supply.
  • Community facilities such as sporting grounds will be able to access high quality recycled water.
  • There will be a 10% reduction in the discharge of excess recycled water from the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant into the ocean.

Project Progress:

Construction of the plant is now complete. The project is due to be finalised in March 2013.


Details of the Geelong-Shell Water Recycling Project (also known as the Northern Water Plant) project can be located on the Barwon Water website