Israel’s ministries of finance and national infrastructure have officially issued a tender for transporting by sea some 35 million cubic meters of drinking water per annum from Turkey, for a period of between five and 10 years.
Even though the tender has been offered, there is still no firm decision on whether Israel actually will import water from Turkey. According to Israel’s finance minister, Silvan Shalom, the results of the tender will be used to decide what is the most economical method by which Israel can solve its water supply problems—importing or desalination. Most commentators believe that, ultimately, both methods will be used.
According to the finance ministry, the tender is open to international bidders. A tender also has been put out for a facility to receive the water arriving from Turkey. It is to be built in Ashkelon, which is where Israel’s first large-scale desalination facility is to be built as well.
The tender for transporting the Turkish water will be executed in two stages. In the first, the bidding companies will have to prove that they meet the tender requirements. During the second stage, the remaining contenders will submit their bids.
Israeli officials are scheduled to travel to Turkey this week carry on negotiation with Turkish representatives over the price and terms of water imports. ― (MENA Report)
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