Heffetz Haim is one of the mega projects carried out by EMS. The project included the establishment of an operational reservoir to regulate the supply of desalinated water to the national grid, setting up a pumping station in the wall of the reservoir and laying an 18 km., 100" diameter pipeline. At a later date, the pipelines will be connected to the Yarkon West and Yarkon East national grid system.
The Project was executed by:
- All the EMS Units, including: Engineering, Electromechanical, Command and Control and the Southern Implementation Unit.
- At peak times, some 200 employees and about 60 heavy mechanical vehicles worked on the project simultaneously.
- Currently some 100 personnel are employed at the project sites.
Project Time Schedule:
Kick Off: March 2011
Expected [sic] Completion: October 2013.
The Complexity of the Project
- Station and Reservoir – a unique first of its kind project for Mekorot, combining a covered potable water reservoir of 200,000 cu. m. capacity with the pumping station built into the embankment of the reservoir.
- Pipelines – The pipelines are long and complex due to the differences in altitude along the route, and need to traverse seven major Israeli roads (including Roads 6, 7 and 40).
- Pumps – EMS will design and manufacture 40" pumps with a discharge rate of 6,300 cu. m. per hour each.
- Accessories – Special accessories of particularly large diameters were required for this project
- Sub-station – A substation will be constructed on the premises of the station to increase future discharge rates.
Execution Status Report , November 2012
Currently, the Heffetz Haim Project is laying the sealing sheeting for the reservoir. During the coming months, the following features are scheduled to be installed at the pumping station: Electricity, water treatment, analytical instrumentation, water accessories (spigots, water gauges, etc.), and pumping equipment. The entire entry and exit pipeline to and from the reservoir are covered and buried underground. Recently, a number of tours of the site by representatives of the Government the Water Authority were conducted. The representatives were impressed by EMS’s ability to build large and complex water facilities. Moreover, the visitors were informed that the Heffetz Haim Project is a one of a kind project in Israel.