MAN Energy Solutions will supply 2 × MAN 14V51/60DF and 5 × 18V51/60G engines to the refit of a seawater desalination plant in the Israeli city of Ashdod. The two dual-fuel engines will drive two 15 MW seawater pumps, while the five gas engines, as gensets with a total capacity of 99 MW, will ensure the plant's off-grid power supply. As required, the gensets will also be able to feed into the national grid. The new set-up replaces the facility’s former eight electrical pumps and significantly lowers its energy consumption while maintaining the original capacity.The power plant is located about 40 km south of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast and has been in operation since 2015. With an annual output of some 100 million cubic meters of seawater, the plant is responsible for around one-sixth of the total volume of water desalinated in Israel. The Ashdod desalination operation Ltd is owned by Shapir Engineering and Marine and GES Global Environmental SolutionsThe operator plans to use a single power-plant engine on a rotating basis to provide continuous power to the plant, while the other four engines will serve as back-up for the national grid, balancing peak loads in Israel's energy demand.