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April 20, 2014 3:05 pm

Israel and Japan Cooperating on Floating Desalination Plant

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An Israeli company is in talks with Japan to partner up and build off-shore desalination plants as demand rises for alternate sources of freshwater supply, Bloomberg reported recently.

Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd. hopes to supply clients with floating platforms within three years and Japan’s shipbuilders and government are among potential partners to help make it happen, Udi Tirosh, a business development director at the Kadima-based company, said. IDE is engaged in discussions with companies from different countries but the ones involving Japan have progressed the most, he added.

“We’re in early stages on the commercial side,” Tirosh said in phone interview with Bloomberg, declining to specify which Japanese companies are involved in the talks. “We’re advanced in the technical side.”

Naoto Nakagawa, a deputy director at Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s maritime bureau, said in an e-mail, “We intend to coordinate a business match between IDE and any Japanese company interested in the desalination ship project. From the research we’ve seen the market for desalination ships is quite big.”

IDE’s ship-based designs could supply water for a city of 850,000 people, Tirosh said. Current designs for the vessels are drafted to produce about 50,000 to 120,000 cubic meters a day.

“The idea is to develop with our partners a multi-year, multi-vessel plan that would eventually supply significant capacity in various places in the world,” Tirosh said.

The global desalination market is predicted to more than double from last year’s $6 billion to $15 billion by 2018 as the world population grows and freshwater shortages boost demand, according to a March 28 report by Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Co.

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  • shloime

    what’s the point of a floating desalination plant? the demand for clean water is usually a large concentration of people, like a city, which doesn’t move at all, and their need to consume water isn’t likely to stop, so why should their water supply be mobile?

    a better idea would be to convert obsolete, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to emergency water purification and electric power plants, that can be sailed to disaster areas, as required. that way, most of the design work, and the construction, is already done, and the ship can be bought at “scrap” prices.

  • Mort Moooze

    A fantastic idea!
    Israeli tech and Japanese ships!

    It seams that the ships go out to deep sea waters and drop the intake hoses.
    The ship itself is a floating tank to be filled with desalinated water, return to a shore line an discharge its load, and back out to sea.
    Just great!

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  • Bruce Hall

    If a storm comes along, does the ship disconnect from the pipe to shore and sail away?


    I hope that Israel puts a condition on the supply of water.
    Those countries which are spreading BDS against Israel, MUST NOT be given one drop of water, until theiy stop their madness.

    I wonder how many people around the world who support BDS against Israel, have ever been to Israel to see and learn the truth, not the lies being spread by the Arabs,

    They use BDS against Israel, as a weapon. They know that no matter how many Arab countries may attack Israel, Israel will always come off as the winner.
    So, try to destroy Israel without physical war.