A milestone for the desalination industry
A milestone event for the desalination industry, Ashkelon was by far the world’s largest and most advanced desalination plant at the time. The Ashkelon plant offered mega-production capacity of up to 330,000 m³/day, at a cost that undercut the optimistic forecasts of many industry analysts. As such, the successful completion of the plant opened new horizons for the international desalination industry – and established IDE as the clear leader of the industry’s mega-SWRO desalination space. In 2009, due to the unqualified success of the plant, it was expanded by nearly 20% to 392,000 m³/day, providing clean water for more than a million people in Israel.
CAPACITY: 392,000 m³/day
TECHNOLOGY: Reverse Osmosis
PROJECT TYPE: Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)
LOCATION: Ashkelon, Israel
FOOTPRINT: 70,000 m² (350m x 200m)
COMMISSION DATE: 2005
COST LEADERSHIP: Set a new benchmark for the cost of desalinated water.
TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP: First use of IDE’s proprietary Pressure Center Design, Triple Line Intake, ERS (Energy Recovery System) and a unique, patented Boron Removal System.
CUSTOMIZED APPROACH: Every element of the plant was customized to maximize performance and minimize costs.
GLOBAL RECOGNITION: Won GWI’s “Desalination Plant of The Year” award in 2006
“The world’s largest SWRO desalination facility that raises the ambition of the whole RO sector…achieved one of the lowest prices for desalinated water in the world…the project’s achievements may take many years to match…” (Global Water Intelligence Magazine, January 2006).