20 November 2019 - 23 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ג חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Israel receives three bidders for huge desalination plant E-mail

As reported by Reuters, Israel has received bids from three groups interested in building and operating a desalination plant that will supply more than a fifth of the country’s household water, and help battle shortages that could arise from climate change.

Israel issued the tender last November when it said five years of low rainfall had overtaxed its system. The head of Israel’s water authority said the addition will help ensure Israel’s “ability to supply water in light of climate changes that are impacting our region.”

The facility will produce about 200 million cubic metres of water a year in the area of Sorek, central Israel. IDE Technologies currently operates a desalination plant in the area. Once online, 85% of total household and municipal water will come from desalination.

The plant will be the biggest in the world to use reverse osmosis technology, Israel’s Finance Ministry said on 16 May, and will join an unrivaled array of five desalination plants that already dot the country’s Mediterranean coast. Bids were received from Israel’s IDE Technology, Hutchison Water, whose main investor is Hong Kong’s CK Hutchison Holdings, and a partnership of Afcon, Acciona and Allied Investments.

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