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Palestinian Water Authority announces plans for desalination plant in Gaza

Jan. 31, 2018 3:30 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 31, 2018 3:33 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian Water Authority official Mazen Ghuneim announced that the Water Authority has received tender and design documents for the works of the central desalination plant in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Minister Ghuneim told Ma'an that this step comes to complete the plans of the Water Authority to deal with the “disastrous water situation in the Gaza Strip”, noting that these six tenders are one of the components of the program of the central desalination plant for the Gaza Strip, which amounts to more than 600 million dollars.

Minister Ghuneim pointed out that this project faces great difficulty in the financing process “due to difficulties and challenges on the ground, the most important of which is the Israeli occupation” and guaranteeing the introduction of the necessary materials into the Gaza Strip in addition to the problem of electricity.

Minister Ghuneim pointed out that the receipt of these tenders today is one of the four components of the central desalination program, which includes the desalination plant in addition to the carrier line and its accessories, pumping stations and lifting and rehabilitation of internal networks to ensure the absorption of water from central desalination plants.

Minister Ghuneim stressed the importance of the central desalination plant project as a way to solve the water problem in the Gaza Strip by the year 2020.

He said “we are very close after the agreement with donors and a series of meetings to find a mechanism to facilitate the entry of materials from the Israeli side so that there are no obstacles to the work of the station.”

Minister Ghuneim pointed out that the conditions are now appropriate for the operation of the plant, in addition to the international community's interest in its work.





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