Sorek 2: Seven groups bid to construct world’s largest desalination plant

The public-private partnership project called Sorek 2, due to be completed by 2023, is expected to produce 200 million cubic meters of drinkable water per year.

By
October 7, 2018 18:33
1 minute read.
Sorek 2: Seven groups bid to construct world’s largest desalination plant

People walk in a desalination plant during its inauguration in the coastal city of Hadera, north of Tel Aviv May 16, 2010.. (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Seven local and international groups have submitted initial bids to construct the world’s largest desalination plant in Israel, the Finance Ministry announced on Sunday.

The public-private partnership project called Sorek 2, due to be completed by 2023, is expected to produce 200 million cubic meters of drinkable water per year, increasing the country’s annual desalinated water production to 785 million cu.m. – approximately 85% of Israel’s household and municipal water needs.

A cross-ministry committee featuring officials from the Finance Ministry, Energy Ministry and Water Authority will examine the seven bids submitted by Hutchison, Israel’s IDE and GES, China’s PMEC, France’s SUEZ, Spain’s Acciona in partnership with Israel’s Allied, and Spain’s Aqualia in partnership with Israel’s WPI.

The existing Sorek desalination plant, located approximately 15 km. south of Tel Aviv, has been in operation since 2013 and produces approximately 150 million cu.m. of potable water annually. At its commission, Sorek was the largest reverse-osmosis desalination plant in the world.


“The new facility, expected to be the largest of its kind worldwide, will increase the production of desalinated water in Israel by approximately 25% and will thereby assist the water industry in coping with the continuing deterioration of the country’s natural water resources,” said accountant-general Rony Hizkiyahu.

“The Accountant-General’s Department, together with the equivalent branches of the Finance Ministry and other ministry partners, will continue to act to advance projects in partnership with the private sector as part of the national infrastructure strategy until 2030,” said Hizkiyahu.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

February 17, 2019
Yishai: Vote Yahad to stop intermarriage and bark-mitzvahs at Kotel

By JEREMY SHARON