Project financing has closed on a Southern California desalination plant to construct the largest U.S. facility to make drinking water from the sea, capable of producing about 50 million gallons of potable water a day. Financing closed last week for the almost $1 billion Poseidon desalination and pipeline project in Carlsbad, California, that includes $734 million in tax-exempt bonds as well as private equity from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, meaning grading and initial construction may begin this month, the San Diego County Water Authority said in a statement. “Closing the financing on an approximately $1 billion project is no small feat,” said Thomas Wornham, chairman of the water authority’s board. “This is a major milestone in the development of this historic project.”
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