Gov't, water utility Mekorot sign deal for Ashdod plant

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 8, 2011 14:00

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau signed an agreement Monday with water utility Mekorot chairman Alex Vijneitzer for the establishment of a desalinization plant in Ashdod under the authority of the Mekorot daughter company Mekorot Development & Enterprise.

According to plans for the plant, the facility is expected to produce 100 million cubic meters of water a year at a rate of NIS 2.4 per cubic meter.

That level of production, according to the agreement, is expected to begin from 2013, and will constitute approximately 15% of total domestic water consumption.

The desalinization plant, using a process of osmosis in order purify sea water, is the fifth such facility in Israel.


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