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Ashkelon Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant, Israel

Production at sub-phase 1

165,000m³/day (50 million m³/y)

Production at sub -phase 2

330,000m³/day (100 million m³/y)

Initial output


Final total production capacity

108 million m³/y

Government purchase agreement

108 million m³/yr

Contribution to national demand

5&ndash;6% total

Initial filtration pools



32 RO trains on four floors; 40,000 membrane elements

Water price


Project cost

NIS1,000m ($212m)


NIS7,140m ($1,700m)

Plant footprint

75,000m² (300m x 250m)

Power plant

Dedicated gas turbine - 80MW capacity, integrated cycle

Grid connection

161kV overhead line

Maximum nominal electrical consumption

<4kWh per m³ product water

Feed water input temperature

15&ndash;30° C

Feed water salinity

40,750ppm TDS

Product water salinity

<40ppm TDS

Salinity reduction


Boron reduction


Tender documents issued

July 2000

Contract awarded

3 September 2001

Financial agreement reached

22 January 2003

Notice to proceed issued

22 February 2003

Construction started

April 2003

Original scheduled completion dates

Sub-phase 1 completion

29 December 2004

Sub-phase 2 completion

22 May 2005

Sub-phase 3 / final completion

22 August 2005


30% capacity (initial operation)

4th August, 2005

50% capacity

September 2005

Full capacity

December 2005

Desalination plant of the year award

March 2006

First 100 million m<sup>3</sup> produced

October 2006

End of agreement / transfer date

20th July 2027


Ministry of Infrastructure, Israel

VID consortium members

IDE Technologies (50%)

VID financial advisers (tender process)

Price Waterhouse Coopers

IDE Technologies equal-share partners

Israel Chemicals and Delek Group

Institutional funding coordinator

Goran Capital Group

Engineering procurement and construction

OTID - an IDE and OTV group

Operating and maintenance

Adam, a joint venture company of IDE and Veolia

Reverse osmosis membrane elements

Dow Chemical Company

Temperature and pressure transmitters


Product water distribution


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