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The desalination plants in Palmahim and Hadera will temporarily increase their
water production by about 10- 20 million cubic meters per year collectively
through the end of 2013, the Finance Ministry announced on Wednesday.
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inter-ministerial committee that deals with seawater desalination tenders
addressed the two plants about increasing production by 15 percent, making use
of additional hours in which the facilities are not typically operating due to
higher electricity prices, the ministry said.
Both plants accepted the
The enhanced production already began at Palmahim as
of Wednesday’s announcement, but increased operations at Hadera will not begin
until January 1 due to technical complications, according to the
The water price was determined according to electricity prices
over the course of the year for both the existing water production and the new
addition, and the Finance Ministry estimated that costs would amount to between
NIS 1.34- 3.15 per cubic meter.
The inter-ministerial committee predicted
that the agreement will contribute significantly to alleviating the country’s
current water distress, the Finance Ministry said.