ISRAEL - World’s Largest Desalination Plant Initiated

Arno Froese

Israel has selected local company IDE Technologies, rather than a Chinese firm, to construct the world’s largest desalination plant, the government announced. The decision avoids another undesirable showdown with the Trump administration over Chinese participation in major infrastructure projects.

Three groups bid to build Sorek 2, a private-public partnership (PPP) that will be the world’s largest reverse-osmosis seawater desalination plant when completed in 2023. Among them was Israeli Hutchison Company, an affiliate of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Company.

Regarding Sorek 2, the Trump administration specifically flagged Hutchison’s possible involvement in the construction of the desalination plant, which will be in Kibbutz Palmahim and cost more than NIS 5 billion. In addition to being an important infrastructure project for Israel, the plant is near the Sorek Nuclear Center and the Palmahim airbase.

The official statement from the Finance, Energy and Water Resources ministries does not mention Hutchison or China. It simply states that Kadima-headquartered IDE Technologies, which partnered with Bank Leumi, submitted the winning PPP bid, promising desalinated water at the cost of approximately NIS 1.45 per cubic meter, about 65 agorot cheaper than existing desalination solutions in Israel today.

The project will be financed by an international consortium, including Bank Leumi, German state-owned KfW and a €150m. ($165m.) loan from the European Investment Bank.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said. “The desalination plant being […] the largest of its kind worldwide, is the result of the implementation of this program, and together with the desalination facility in the Western Galilee... the state of the Israeli water market and its readiness for the future are excellent.”, 26 May 2020

Arno's Commentary

Water is a precious commodity not only for Israel, but for most countries in that geographic area—from the east in India, to the west in Morocco. Without a shadow of doubt, Israel is now the leader when it comes to water conservation, water management for agriculture, and now turning salt water into drinking water.

This is a prophetic pre-fulfillment of that which is yet to come, for we read in the prophet Isaiah: “I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water” (Isaiah 41:18). Without water, there is no life; the Creator controls the waters of the world. However, here we see Israel’s self-help, which is rather astonishing and a model for the rest of the world. Yet, in the end, we read these precious words in Revelation 22:17: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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