KADIMA, ISRAEL and SAN DIEGO, Calif. — IDE Technologies Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract with Kiewit Shea Desalination to design and supply equipment for the largest seawater desalination plant in the U.S., located near the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad, Calif., according to a press release.

The company has also signed a contract directly with Poseidon Resources for Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of the plant for a period of 30 years.

A breakthrough for the U.S. desalination industry, the Carlsbad Project will begin construction in 2013 and produce up to 54 million gallons (204,412 m3) of fresh, high quality water per day in 2016, increasing the reliability of the region's water supply, stated the release.

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The Carlsbad plant is a breakthrough project in the U.S. desalination industry. It follows IDE's latest technological developments in various desalination plants worldwide, especially in the pretreatment phase, resulting in higher efficiency and reduced energy consumption, as well as high quality water.

The IDE solution will help the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) alleviate the water shortage problem and achieve its goal of having seven percent of the region's water supply come from seawater desalination by 2020, creating a new map of the American water market.

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“The Carlsbad Desalination Project is a significant milestone for us, California and the U.S. at large, as we believe it will set the stage for the future of desalination in America,” said Avshalom Felber, CEO of IDE. “For decades, we've successfully completed similar projects in countries all over the world, and we're excited to be a part of what will be the largest desalination plant in the U.S.”

Read the entire press release here.