Winner for Galilee desal plant

A preferred bidder has been chosen to deliver a desalination plant in the Western Galilee region of Israel.

Sea of Galilee (Credit: Getty)

The Israeli government has chosen IDE Technologies to design, build and finance the facility, which will produce 100 million cubic metres of desalinated water annually, improving the reliability of Israel’s water supply to Haifa, the Western Galilee and Upper Galilee regions. IDe will operate the plant for 25 years after construction.

To be named Birkat Miriam, the new plant will join Israel’s other large scale desalination plants in operation - Ashkelon, Ashdod, Palmachim, Hadera and Sorek 1 - while IDE is also in the process of building the Sorek 2 plant.

“As an Israel-based leader in water desalination technology, we are immensely proud to secure and support another large scale desalination plant in our home country and increase the valuable water supply to the residents and businesses of the northern parts of Israel,” said Alon Tavor, chief executive of IDE Technologies Group.

With a value of 1.5bn Shekels ($437m) , the project will be delivered by IDE under a PPP agreement with the ministries of finance and energy, as well as the Israel Water Authority.