Israeli water-filtration firm Amiad Water Systems has signed an agreement for at
least NIS 6 million to provide purification mechanisms for the future
desalination plant in Ashdod.
The agreement represents the first time an
Israeli firm will supply filtration systems to a desalination plant in Israel on
a significant scale, the company said. Amiad signed the agreement with the IVM
consortium, a group that includes Israeli company Minrav Holding Ltd. and SADYT
of Spain, which won the international tender to build the desalination plant
from Mekorot, the national water company.
Both the filtration system and
the desalination facility, which is expected to provide 100 million cubic meters
of water annually, are slated to be in use by 2013.
“I am happy about the
agreement signed with IVM for the new Mekorot desalination plant, which will
enable an Israeli filtration system – produced ‘blue and white’ – to be
installed on one of the biggest desalination plants in Israel for the first time
on a significant scale,” Amiad CEO Arik Dayan said.
mechanisms will use Amiad’s Arkal automatic cleaning-disk technology, which
provides protection to both the ultrafiltration and reverse-osmosis membranes of
the desalination facilities, the company said. Such membranes are some of the
most sensitive and difficult to clean elements of desalination plants, Amiad
The polymer materials that compose the filtration systems are
highly resistant to damage from seawater, and they provide an alternative
solution to cleansing mechanisms that involve chemicals and electricity, Dayan
There are large-scale desalination facilities in Palmahim, Hadera
and Ashkelon, while plants at Ashdod and Soreq are under development. The three
existing facilities currently produce about 300 m.cu.m. annually. But
with the addition of Ashdod and Soreq, as well as the doubling of Palmahim in
size, the government has expressed hopes that desalinated water will cover 85
percent of domestic water consumption by 2013. In January, the process to double
the size of the Palmahim facility from 45 m.cu.m. to 90 m.cu.m.
“The desalination facility in Ashdod is another step in a long
string of achievements in the field of water supply, quality and maximum
reliability at all times and under all circumstances,” Mekorot CEO Shimon
Ben-Hamo said. “The integration of the filtration systems at the facility
match the company’s policies in technological development.”
Amiad signed two projects similar to that of Ashdod in Australia, worth about
$8m. and $1.6m., the company said.