Photo/rendering of Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project

Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project

Hawkins represented the San Diego County Water Authority as owner's lead counsel in procuring, drafting and negotiating a Water Purchase Agreement and related financing documents for this landmark reverse osmosis desalination project, together with a design-build contract for a water transmission pipeline. The WPA involved eight separate contractor responsibilities: siting, source water, permitting, design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance. The Carlsbad project, now successfully operating, represents the culmination of 10 years of complex, interdisciplinary planning work and is the largest US water sector P3 project completed to date.

Client San Diego County Water Authority
Role Owner's Lead Counsel
Distinction California’s First Major Seawater Desalination Facility
Delivery Method Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (P3)
Project Size 50 MGD
Capital Cost $900 Million
Contract Value $3 Billion
Contract Term 30 Years
Contract Counterparties Poseidon, Kiewit, Shea and IDE
Awards Bond Buyer Deal of the Year, Project Finance Magazine Deal of the Year, Global Water Intelligence Desalination Plant of the Year and Design-Build Institute of America Award of Merit