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Sorek Desalination Plant
Israel, Tel Aviv
2012

The population is growing in Tel Aviv, but it only rains in the winter months. Therefore people’s drinking water supply is secured by seawater desalination plants which filter the seawater and make it drinkable. Currently, one of the largest seawater desalination plants in the world is being built in Sorek, 15 kilometers south of Tel Aviv. It is expected to supply up to 150 million cubic meters of drinking water a year. Intake and outfall tunnels connect the plant with the Mediterranean Sea. Pumps at the coast suck in the seawater through pipelines. After the salt has been separated and the impurities filtered out, the drinking water is channeled into the urban infrastructure. The brine then flows back into the sea through the outfall. Three AVN micromachines from Herrenknecht (Ø 3,100mm) are driving three routes with a total of 9 drives and a total length of 9.4 kilometers through sand, clay and calcareous sandstone.

Data Sheet

Country, Location

Israel, Tel Aviv

Year

2012

Application

Water

Geology

Soft ground
Sand, clay, lime sandstone

Tunnelling length

9,405 m

Machine Data

1x AVN Machine:
Diameter: 3.100 mm
Lining method: Pipe jacking
Torque: 780 kNm

1x AVN Machine:
Diameter: 3.100 mm
Lining method: Pipe jacking
Torque: 800 kNm

1x AVN Machine:
Diameter: 3.100 mm
Lining method: Pipe jacking
Torque: 520 kNm

Your contact person Contact us

Jack Brockway President and CEO Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc.
Gerhard Goisser COO Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA, Inc.