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    Reference: 20180171
    Release date: 15 October 2019

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    The operation is a fully grant funded project concerning the construction of a sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant with annual capacity of 55MCM in Gaza. It also includes the related renewable energy component, as well as a five-year subsidy of operating costs and technical assistance for project management and works supervision.


    The project, responding to pressing humanitarian needs, is addressing the scarcity and safety of drinking water in Gaza, which affects 2 million people. It will help regenerate the coastal aquifer, improve living conditions, boost the economy by adding construction jobs and also provide water for industry.


    The Gaza Central Desalination Plant and Associated Works Programme, developed by the Palestinian Water Authority, comprises two main components: 1. A desalination plant equipped with an independent power generation facility, to be implemented under EIB's supervision. 2. An associated works component that will add a south-north carrier system, which runs 160 kilometers, to be implemented under the World Bank's supervision.


    • Water, sewerage - Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
    • Energy - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 395 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 582 million

    Environmental aspects

    A full Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the desalination plant have been prepared. The RAP has already been implemented. A separate ESIA for the construction of a photovoltaic power plant to supply energy to the desalination plant is under way.


    Contracts relating to the desalination plant and power generation facility will be procured in compliance with the EIB Guide to Procurement.


    Approved - 14/11/2019


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Palestine* Water, sewerage Energy