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Agreement Signed for 150 Million Cubic Meters a Year Desalination Project – Likely to be the Largest of its Kind in the World

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Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Soreq desalination plant will be constructed under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) process. SDL, comprised of IDE and Hutchinson Water, was announced as the winner in the tender. SDL undertakes to plan, build and operate the desalination plant for an overall period of 26.5 years, after which the plant will be transferred to State ownership. SDL also undertook to build the plant within a maximum period of 34 months from the financial closure date, and that after 30 months the plant will be supplying half of its overall output. The Desalination Plant in Soreq will join the ones at Eilat, Ashkelon, Palmachim, Hadera, Ramat HaNegev and other smaller ones. According to the Water Authorities Multi-Year- Plan, by 2013 Israel will produce about 44% of its water from desalination. That will allow for the rehabilitation natural water sources and keep the Sea of Galilee full and balanced.(For more info)