DuPont to deliver membranes for Sorek B desalination plant

IDE Water Technologies has selected DuPont’s FilmTec membranes to provide the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) filtration for the Sorek B desalination plant in Israel.

The 25-year, 200 million m3/year facility will be the largest desalination plant in Israel and one of the largest in the world when it comes online in 2023.

DuPont is providing SWRO membrane elements to the project site, including dry SWRO elements. As dry membranes do not require preservation solution, DuPont says they enable longer storage times, lower labour costs, and easier, long-term warehouse planning. The dry membranes also use less water and chemicals in production and significantly reduce the carbon footprint of shipping.

“As our industry works to solve global water challenges, solutions that address sustainability and affordability will have the biggest impact,” said HP Nanda, global vice president and general manager, DuPont Water Solutions. “We are proud to continue our work with IDE Water Technologies to bring affordable seawater desalination to Israel and tackle water shortages in one of the driest parts of the world.”

“We’re convinced that the new standard we’ve set will help propel the water treatment world forward, and encourage the construction of additional high efficiency, environmentally sustainable and low-cost desalination facilities worldwide,” said Avshalom Felber, executive chairman of IDE Technologies.