Israel Electric looks for Hadera desalination maintenance

Israel Electric Corporation is negotiating to take over maintenance for the 275,000 m³/d Hadera desalination plant, currently under construction in Israel, according to the Globes financial newspaper.

The plant is being built on land belonging to IEC's Orot-Rabin power station by a consortium of IDE Technologies and Housing & Construction.

The Hadera reverse-osmosis plant will begin operations later in 2009 or early next year and will purchase electricity from IEC, who, according to the report, have approached the developers about the maintenance contract.

The European Investment Bank approved in March 2009 € 35 million (US$ 49 million) financing for a € 70 million (US$ 98 million) extension of the Hadera desalination plant by adding production capacity to deliver an additional 74,000 m³/d.

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