An award-winning, milestone plant for the desalination industry
When completed, Ashkelon was by far the world’s largest and most advanced desalination plant. With a huge capacity of up to 330,000 m3/day and with extremely high efﬁciency levels, the Ashkelon plant achieved one of the world’s lowest ever prices for desalinated water. In 2010, due to the unmatched success of the plant, it was expanded by nearly 20% to 392,000 m3/day, providing clean water for more than a million people.
Capacity: 396,000 m3/day
Technology: Reverse Osmosis (RO)
Project Type: Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)
Location: Ashkelon, Israel
Footprint: 70,000 m2 (350m x 200m)
Commission Date: 2005
Cost leadership - sets a new benchmark for low cost of desalinated water
Technological leadership - ﬁrst use of IDE’s proprietary Pressure Center Design, Triple Line Intake, ERS (Energy Recovery System) and a unique, patented Boron Removal System for increased efﬁciency and signiﬁcantly reduced water 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).