Israel kicks off pre-quals for large scale desalination plant

Israel has called for pre-qualification bids for planning, financing, constructing, and operating a new large scale desalination plant at Sorek.

Israel wants to double its current desalination capacity by 2030

Israel wants to double its current desalination capacity by 2030

The project is reportedly for a 150 million m3/y plant, increasing production of desalinated water in Israel by 25 per cent. Statements of qualification are due by 3 September 2018, and a request for proposals will follow.

A second project for a new desalination plant, located in Western Galilee and with capacity of 274,000 m3/d, is expected to kick off in 2019.

The new plants form a part of a wider strategy drawn up by Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources, Yuval Steinitz, in response to Israel’s ongoing five-year drought. The plan sets a target of 1 billion cubes a year of desalinated water in Israel by 2030 — almost double the current volume.

Israel already has five desalination plants, in Ashkelon, Sorek, Hadera, Palmachim, and Ashdod, supplying 585 million cubes a year, or 70 per cent of water in Israel.


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