By ADRIENNE BLUME
TEL AVIV -- As part of Gulf Publishing Company's second
annual Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference in Tel Aviv,
Israel, a pre-conference tour on Monday sent attendees down
the scenic Mediterranean coast to IDE Technologies' seaside
desalination plant in Hadera, and then to Israel Aerospace
Industries ELTA in Ashdod.
The all-day tour was supported by the Israel Export Institute
and the Israel NewTech program.
Major water treatment, small footprint. I
Technologies (IDE), which offers a wide spectrum of produced
and industrial water treatment and water desalination
solutions on large, small and modular scales, also operates
subsidiaries in the US, China, India
and Chile. The Hadera
desalination facility features advanced water treatment
technologies, including thermal and membrane water treatment.
IDE is one of the only companies to offer both technologies
at one site.
Tour attendees were guided through several areas of the
Hadera facility, which is capable of producing 127 million
(MM) cubic meters per year of desalinated water. The plant
has advanced energy-efficiency measures in place to reduce
its energy consumption and its costs, and to accommodate its
narrow footprint, as the facility is located between a creek,
a dune and a power plant.
Attendees had the opportunity to view the plant's seawater
intake facility (photo 1) and enjoy a cold cup of
desalinated drinking water (photo 2) produced only
an hour and a half before, from Mediterranean waters.
Aside from providing desalinated water from its Hadera
facility to the neighboring power plant, IDE operates other
in Israel, and it also
holds global partnerships in mining (Australia, South
America), power (Asia, Europe
and South America) and oil
and gas operations (India, Europe
IAI stresses energy defense.
The EMGC 2014
facility tour continued with a visit to the highly secure
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) ELTA, which is the largest
defense industry in Israel and one of the leading aerospace
and defense companies in the world.
IAI ELTA is also the fourth-largest radar house in the world,
providing tailored land, air and naval monitoring, radar and
defense solutions to sensitive sites, including oil and gas
installations and infrastructure.
Tour attendees learned about the complexities of designing
and implementing security solutions for pipelines, oil and
gas rigs, refineries, pump stations, tank farms and other
sensitive installations. IAI ELTA personnel discussed several
advanced technologies previously released to the media,
including microwave technologies, antennas, transmitters,
signal processors and specially tailored test
IAI ELTA personnel stressed the importance of minimizing
vulnerabilities to attacks and theft at oil and gas
installations and pipelines through advanced protection
systems that send real-time data to high-tech command
centers. These centers have been in operation on a national
scale in Israel since 2003.
The tour concluded with a look at several examples of
monitoring and detection equipment and vehicles offered by
IAI ELTA, which measures $975 MM per year in sales.
Continuing conference coverage. EMGC 2014 is
the first international event in Israel with a global
audience covering all segments of the oil and gas industry.
The main conference program spans two days, March 1112,
and includes presentations from high-level executives of
prominent companies operating in the region, as well as from
Israeli and Cypriot government representatives.