Desalination capacity to be reduced across Israel

Feb. 11, 2014
Desalination plants in Israel will only run at 70% this year following two wet winters, with the recently opened Sorek SWRO facility set to operate 30 million cubic metres per year below capacity...

Desalination plants in Israel will only run at 70% capacity this year following two wet winters, according to the Jerusalem post.

The country’s total capacity of 510 million cubic metres per year will be reduced by 150 million cubic metres.

Israeli desalination company – IDE Technologies – confirmed to WWi that the country would be reducing its desalination capacity.

The decision follows weeks of negotiations between the Water Authority, Finance Ministry and desalination plant operating companies.

Uri Schor, a spokesperson for the Water Authority, reportedly said that while seven drought years have plagued Israel, sufficient rains have occurred over the last two years.

In October last year IDE began testing at the Sorek site (pictured above) – claimed to be the world’s “largest SWRO desalination plant” - with a capacity of 624,000 m3/day (see WWi article) using vertical membranes.

The Jerusalem Post reported however that the Sorek facility would be producing 120 million m3/year instead of 150 million.

Other reductions will include Ashkelon (80 million m3/year instead of 118 million), Palmahim (65,000 million m3/year instead of 90 million) and Hadera (85 million cubic metres/year instead of 127 million).

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Tom Freyberg

Tom Freyberg is an experienced environmental journalist, having worked across a variety of business-to-business titles. Since joining Pennwell in 2010, he has been influential in developing international partnerships for the water brand and has overseen digital developments, including 360 degree video case studies. He has interviewed high level figures, including NYSE CEO’s and Environmental Ministers. A known figure in the global water industry, Tom has chaired and spoken at conferences around the world, from Helsinki, to London and Singapore. An English graduate from Exeter University, Tom completed his PMA journalism training in London.

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