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TENDER DOCUMENTS for a seawater desalination plant at Ashdod were released last month. The documents were prepared by Mekorot for the Ministry of National Infrastructures. Mekorot will oversee the bidding process and select a winner to build a seawater RO plant producing 45Mm<sup>3</sup>/year of water.
The Israeli Government has issued the first tender for transporting water from Turkey to Israel. The tender is open to international bidders and calls for transporting between 35Mm<sup>3</sup> and 50Mm<sup>3</sup> of water annually for a period of 5-10 years.
THE PRICE OF POTABLE WATER in Israel soared in mid-April in all sectors, up by 48% for agriculture and by 67% for domestic consumption.
Israel ’s ongoing water deficit stood at 390Mm<sup>3</sup>, according to official estimates released last month. The plan to purchase water from Turkey, which was set in motion during the former Ehud Barak’s government, has assumed greater significance and a deal could be struck by the end of this month.
THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT has reached an agreement with Mekorot which will allow the company to restructure and enter joint ventures with private partners (see GWI, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p.1).
AN ISRAELI DELEGATION was in Ankara again last month to finalise a deal to import up to 50Mm<sup>3</sup>/year of water from the Manavgat river. However, as talks went on in Turkey, the discussion at home centred on the need to begin construction of the Ashdod desalination plant (see GWI, Vol.2, Issue 1, p.10).
THE PLANNED RESTRUCTURING OF MEKOROT, which would allow the company to enter joint venture agreements with private partners, is proceeding slowly and causing considerable frustration among the company’s senior management.
ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER EHUD BARAK has given the go-ahead for a second seawater desalination plant producing 50Mm<sup>3</sup> of fresh water per year. The plant will be built at Ashdod, 20km north of Ashkelon where a plant, also with an output of 50Mm<sup>3</sup>/year, is due to be built by a private consortium.
THE WATER COMMISSION OF ISRAEL is launching a countrywide project to desalinate saline and brackish water, aimed at increasing the availability of potable water.
VIVENDI will participate in the tender to build the Ashkelon desalination plant in Israel, forming a consortium with Israeli company IDE Technologies. Anticipated investment for the 50Mm<sup>3/</sup>/year seawater plant is between $150 million and $200 million. It will be built on a BOT basis.