Second floating plant for Cyprus comes closer

Three companies are said to be shortlisted for a project to build a floating desalination plant to supply the southern coastal town of Limassol, according to Sofoklis Aletraris, head of Cyprus’ Water Development Department, quoted in the Financial Mirror on 11 January 2009.

This will be the country’s second floating desalination plant with a capacity of 20,000-50,000 m³/d (5.3 to 13.2 MGD) and is expected to operate for five years until another permanent plant can be built at Episkopi.

At the same time, the Council of Ministers approved the establishment of a committee to oversee the construction of desalination units in Cyprus, following the proposal of the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Michalis Polynikis. The minister has also set in motion an upgrade for the Dhekalia plant.