Motor manufacturing plant to support water company in Israel

Siemens has agreed to supply 10 vertical motors for the Mekorot National Water Company in Israel to help with the country's water demand.


Siemens Drive Technologies Division’s Norwood (Ohio) Motor Manufacturing Plant has been selected by the Mekorot National Water Company to produce vertical frame motors to support one of the largest water infrastructure projects in Israel since the 1960s.

Siemens has collaborated to secure an order for ten 2,600 kW vertical motors, totaling approximately $2.7 million.

Like many places in the Middle East, demand for water in Israel is outpacing available resources. Beginning in 2013, the Mekorot National Water Company will begin pumping desalinated water from water treatment facilities along the Mediterranean Sea to inland cities. Siemens motors will be used as part of a series of large water reservoirs at Ma’agar Sorek (Soreq) and Hefetz Hayim.  

Israel’s ADL (SPC - Ashdod Desalination Ltd.), a subsidiary of state-owned Mekorot Development and Enterprises Ltd., recently announced that it will build and operate a desalination plant in the coastal city of Ashdod, supplying 100 million cubic meters of desalinated water annually. The new plant will join four other desalination facilities, providing 85 percent of Israel’s household water consumption by the end of 2013, and positioning the country as a world leader in desalination and wastewater recycling.

“While we are currently being conservative with our water resources, the infrastructure projects we are undertaking, including our seawater desalination plants at Ashdod and Soreq, will allow us to better manage the water economy, with hopes of a surplus water supply in 2014,” says Shimon Ben Hamo, CEO of Mekorot National Water Company.

Mekorot National Water Company is known globally for its green initiatives. The company’s flagship facilities include the Central Filtration Plant, the Dan Region Wastewater Treatment Plant (Shafdan), the National Water Carrier and Mekorot’s water supply system. Mekorot is a pioneering leader in the fields of water resources management, desalination, wastewater treatment and effluent reuse, rain enhancement, water quality, water security and water project engineering.

Siemens Drive Technologies Division 

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, 

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