Israel government nixes direct sale of troubled Ashdod desalination plant

The plant will have to be put up for auction after the authorities came down in favour of a rival buyer’s complaint.

The Israeli government has put the kibosh on state water company Mekorot’s plans to sell the under-fire Ashdod desalination plant in a directly negotiated process, with all the relevant ministries agreeing that a tender should be issued, according to Hila Gil, the Israeli Water Authority director for desalination.

By pursuing a competitive tender, the Israeli government has in effect...

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