World Bank mulls financing Negev
solar project: The planned 250-MW plant will be one
of the largest solar power plants in the world
Dec 20, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
- Lior Baron Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel
The World Bank is considering financing the proposed
solar energy power station planned to be built in
the Negev. A World Bank delegation may visit Israel
to meet officials from the Ministries of Finance and
National Infrastructures to discuss the project. The
World Bank has already expressing its willingness
to finance the Red-Dead Sea canal, or "Peace canal",
subject to a feasibility study.
A joint Ministries of Finance and National Infrastructures
delegation attended a World Trade Organization conference
on infrastructures last week to interest investors
in the Negev solar power plant and other infrastructure
project. The delegation departed even before the government
has published a tender for the solar power plant.
The delegation also presented the Dan Region Sewage
Reclamation Project (Shafdan) project, the Krayot
bypass road and lateral Road 531.
The Negev solar energy plant attracted the most attention.
The government recently approved plans for a BOT tender
for the 250-megawatt power station, which will cost
$600-700 million. When completed, it will be one of
the largest solar power plants in the world.