Sorek, Israel


The Sorek Sea Water Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant, built by Hutchison Water with partner IDE Technologies, is one of the world’s largest desalination plants.

Sorek sets significant new industry benchmarks in desalination technology, capacity and water cost. It provides clean, potable water for over 1.5 million people, comprising 20% of the municipal water consumption in Israel. With a capacity of 624,000 m³ per day (150 million m³ annually) the plant uses some of the most advanced desalination technologies ever implemented, including 16″ membranes vertically mounted.

Keeping the environment safe

The Sorek project is environmentally friendly, minimizing marine, shoreline and land impacts thanks to pipe jacking of long and large diameter pipelines, smart structural design and sludge treatment for reduced energy and chemical consumption. This 25 years BOT project provides fresh water to Israel and to its neighbors, at a cost previously unheard of.

The Sorek plant has won the prestigious “Desalination Plant of the Year 2014” award from GWI, Global Water Intelligence.