Gaza desalination plant: UfM flagship project ready for implementation
June 30, 2020
The Secretary of State for International Cooperation of Spain, Ángeles Moreno Bau, met online with the UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel, and the Palestinian Minister of Water, Mazen Ghoneim to discuss Spain’s support to the construction of a desalination plant project to supply water to 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. During the call, Spain announced a financial contribution of €1 million to this vital project.
UfM Secretary General Kamel highlighted that: “This flagship project was the first one to be endorsed by the Union for the Mediterranean. Spain’s support takes us a step closer to make it a reality on the ground, improve the living conditions in the Gaza Strip and remove obstacles to economic development and job creation while contributing at the same time to the regeneration and sustainability of the coastal aquifer.”
This landmark operation will be the largest infrastructure project ever built in the Gaza Strip. The project is now ready for implementation since all significant milestones in all the preparatory stages have been completed, including on governance, completion of the required feasibility studies, as well as solutions for the energy supply and the financial mechanism for donor contributions. With the support of Spain and the rest of international donors, the contract to start the construction works will be awarded this year.