IDE Technologies

Successful Boot Project nears completion

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Larnaca Desalination Plant was the first large scale sea water reverse osmosis plant which was built by IDE Technologies Ltd and is solely owned and operated by I.D.E. staff. It is currently in the final year of a 10 year BOOT project (Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer). The plant has a current maximum design capacity of 64,000M³/day.

Plant construction started in early 2000 and was commissioned and online by July 2001. The Original contract was for a design capacity of 48,000M³/day, but has been upgraded twice since signing the original contract to its current capacity of 64,000M³/day
The plant fulfills all its contractual obligations with regard to Quantities of water produced, specific energy consumption and quality of water according to W.H.O. and E.U. standards.

This paper describes the main components of a successful B.O.O.T. project covering the following subjects:

  • Basic Plant layout
  • Commissioning of plant and setting parameters
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Plant availability
  • Final phases of a B.O.O.T. project

B.O.O.T. project main milestones

  • Tender launched in November 1997
  • Bids submitted in June 1998
  • Project awarded in January 1999
  • Contract signed in March 1999
  • EIS performed and approved: March – June 1999
  • Access to site in December 1999
  • Plant capacity extended 54,000M³/day in July 2000
  • Commercial operation in July 2001

Terms of the original contract

  • BOOT Agreement, 10 Years Term from July 2001 to July 2011
  • Client has option to purchase the Plant after 6 months’ notice (as per formula stated in Bid)
  • Updated Desalination Plant Nominal Capacity: 51,667 M³/day
  • Installed Capacity: 54,000M³/day
  • Minimal Daily Avg. Take or Pay: 46,500M³/day (~ 17 Mm3/yr)
  • Quantities measured on a quarterly/half‐yearly/annual basis
  • Allowances for water production shortfalls
  • Product water quality as per EEC’s directives
  • Client has option to shut down/reduce Plant output acc. program
  • Only fixed charges and portion of O&M charge apply to “Take or Pay” quantities

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