Gaza desalination plant: Commissioner Hahn announces new funding for second phase
June 14, 2016
EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn visited today the EU-funded seawater desalination plant in southern Gaza where he announced an additional funding of EUR 10 Million for the second phase of the project.
The first phase of the desalination plant is in its final stage of construction, and is the largest being built so far in Gaza. The EU invested EUR 10 million in this phase which, when fully operational, will produce 6,000 m3 of potable water daily. This will provide over 75,000 Palestinians with safe drinking water—approximately 35,000 people in Khan Younis and 40,000 people in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
The works of the second phase will start mid June 2016 and are expected to be completed within 36 months. This is part of the European Union commitment to expand the capacity of the plant. Once the second phase is completed, the plant will produce of a total of 12,000 m3 of safe drinkable water daily. (EU Neighbourhood Info)