THE $2 billion desalination plant at Kurnell will be shut down this weekend and is likely to remain closed for at least three years.

Finance Minister Greg Pearce said the plant’s two-year proving period ended on June 15.

It was due to have been turned off at that point and not restarted until dam levels fell below 70 per cent.
But the shutdown was postponed until Sunday to allow minor maintenance.

Sydney dams were at a total storage capacity of 96.4 per cent at the end of last week, with Woronora Dam at 87.7 per cent.

Mr Pearce said the government was pleased the plant was not needed at present and savings could be passed back to customers.

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