Shikun & Binui Group

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שיכון ובינוי בע”מ

A publicly-traded Israeli infrastructure and real estate company involved in various fields, including infrastructure, real estate development, water, energy, and concessions.

Shikun & Binui Group has significant involvement in the construction and expansion of settlements and occupation infrastructure in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The company was also involved in the construction of the barrier surrounding besieged Gaza.

Services to the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD):

In October 2022, the Group won the IMOD “Wide Horizon” (Ofek Rahav) tender for the relocation of four Israeli military bases. The tender includes the construction of a military base in an area over 300,000 m2 and the merger of four military units into one. The new base will house a recruiting office, a new medical center, laboratories, and the military’s service centers. The new complex will make it possible to double the number of recruits that can be taken in during each recruitment phase. Shikun and Binui will take responsibility for the recruitment process for the Israeli Military at the logistical level, having built a computerized recruitment system. The project costs NIS 4 billion, and the company will maintain it for 20 years. The project is one of three projects by IMOD of relocating Israeli military units to the south. Shikun & Binui’s fully-owned subsidiary, Solel Bone, will be the construction contractor for the project and another subsidiary will be the operating contractor for the project for 20 years.

A group of Bank Hapoalim will provide the credit for the project and Malam Team will be the IT contractor for the project.

The company is the concessionaire for the operation of the Israeli military ICT campus “Kiryat HaTikshuv”. In 2018, the Group was contracted by the IMOD for the financing, planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the military technological ICT campus for a period of 25 years. The project was part of the IMOD relocation plan of the military technology units, including the ICT Corps’ technology unit, the Air Force’s technology unit and the Southern Command headquarters, to the Naqab.

In 2020, the Group won a tender from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD), for the financing, planning, development, operation and maintenance of the Israeli military Intelligence campus “Kiryat Hamodi’in” in the Naqab for 26 years. The agreement for the establishment of the project, at an estimated cost of NIS 11 billion, was signed in July 2021. The Campus will be located near Likit junction, between Omer Industrial Park and Palestinian Bedouin village of Lakiya. The campus will spread over 2,500,000 m2, and will host the military’s Intelligence operations and house about 13,000 soldiers and officers of the Intelligence, Cyber and Technology units, as well as the headquarter units of the Intelligence Division. The population of the campus is expected to be completed in 2028. In December 2022, the company received an approval for starting the construction works.

In 2019, The Group’s fully owned subsidiary Solel Boneh Infrastructures was awarded a NIS 1.2 billion contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense for the development and construction of an above ground and underwater technological wall armed with sensors around the besieged Gaza.

In 2018, the Group’s fully owned subsidiary Solel Boneh Infrastructures won an IMOD contract for the renovation and expansion of Emanuel military base in the Naqab worth NIS 200 million.

Energy Projects

Energy Projects in the Occupied Syrian Golan

As part of the government's decision to increase the target for electricity production from renewable energies, in January 2022, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development launched a pilot program to examine the construction of dual-use facilities for the production of solar electricity on active agricultural lands in a total area of 1,800 dunams, including in the West Bank and the Syrian Golan. between January 2022 and March 2023, the construction of 29 pilot facilities on agricultural land in 16 settlements in the Golan was approved. These facilities take up a total of 349.1 dunams and have the total capacity of 23.67 MW. Shikun Binui was granted 7 facilities on 74 dunam of land in the settlements of Mitzar, Eliad and Ramot.


Solel Boneh Infrastructures-Construction on Occupied Land

Jerusalem Light Rail

In 2019, Moriah Jerusalem Development Corporation contracted Solel Boneh Infrastructures for construction work on the route of the Green Line of the Jerusalem Light Rail (JRL). The JLR connects large Israeli settlement blocs in occupied East Jerusalem with the western part of the city, expropriating occupied Palestinian land and promoting increased territorial contiguity for settlements alongside growing territorial fragmentation for East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods. The JLR Green Line, currently under construction, will connect the settlement neighborhoods of Gilo and French Hill through the city center. For more on the Jerusalem Light Rail see Developments in the expansion of the JLR network: The J-Net project.

In 2019, Moriyah Jerusalem Development Corporation awarded Solel Boneh Infrastructures a contract for the construction of the Tunnel Road, a section of Route 60, which connects the southern part of the Occupied West Bank to Jerusalem. The project includes a 12 km road connecting Gilo settlement neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem and the settlement of Elazar. The construction costs are estimated at NIS 1 billion and the construction work is set to end in 2025. The project includes the construction of two new tunnels, the construction of a new bridge, the addition of two traffic lanes in every direction, and the establishment of a public transportation lane. The project also includes the restoration of the existing tunnels and system upgrade. The road passes directly under the Palestinian town of Beit Jala and provides access to Jerusalem without coming in view of surrounding Palestinian villages and neighborhoods, connecting Jerusalem to the settlements of Gush Etzion area in the occupied West Bank.

Furthermore, Solel Boneh was involved in settlement expansion through carrying out the construction of settlements including the settlements of Modi’in Illit in 1974, Ma’ale Adumim in 1975, and Ariel in 1981 in the occupied West Bank, and the settlement neighborhoods of Har Homa in 1990 in occupied East Jerusalem. In addition, Solel Boneh, in cooperation with Efgad Engineering and Construction Works, built 126 housing units and a commercial center in the settlement neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in occupied East Jerusalem.

The company has also carried out the construction of Road 90, which was finalized in 2003, which crosses through the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley region.

Services to the Israeli Police:

Shikun & Binui holds 50% of Policity Ltd., the franchisee operating the Israeli Police national training center, under a PPP/PFI agreement from 2011 for the establishment of the training center and the provision of operation, maintenance and training services for a period of 25 years, for about NIS 600 million. In addition, the company owns 25% of the venture that provides the training services at the center. The remaining shares of Policity Ltd. are held by G1 Secure Solutions (25%) and G4S Holdings (B) B.V (25%).

The center was built by Solel Boneh infrastructures, in 2014, featuring 38 buildings, on approximately 57 acres and a built area of 62,000 m². The center includes residential buildings for cadets and staff, office buildings, a cafeteria, public buildings, an advanced training complex, shooting ranges, an athletics stadium and sports equipment.

Energy Projects in the Naqab

The Group is also significantly involved in Israeli government plans for the industrialization and development of the Naqab (Negev) region. The plans aim to expand industrial production and military presence in the region, with the aim to increase the region’s Israeli Jewish population and their prosperity. This comes at the direct expense of the Naqab’s Palestinian population, especially those living in villages that have not been recognized by the Israeli state, thus placing them in imminent danger of forced displacement.

In May 2023, Shikun & Binui won a NIS 277 million tender from the Israeli Land Authority for the design and construction of a photovoltaic facility with leasing rights for 24 years in the Neot Hovav Industrial Zone in the Naqab.

The project is part of the establishment of six photovoltaic facilities in an area of about 5,000 dunams located within the Ramat Beka Special Military Industrial Zone plan, which occupies an area of approximately 112,838 dunams, and its planned expansion entails the demolition of 1,200 Bedouin homes while exposing thousands of Bedouin residents of the area to health risks.

The company holds 50% of Ramat Hovav Power Plant Limited Partnership in the Naqab.. The plant was purchased from Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) in December 2020 in partnership with Edeltech company, which holds the remaining 50%. The power plant is located in Neot Hovav Industrial Zone in the Naqab, home to Israel’s most dangerous and health hazardous wastes, which is located a few meters from the unrecognized Palestinian Bedouin village of Wadi Naam.  In November 2020, Ramat Hovav Power Plant Partnership signed two 20 years maintenance contracts with Siemens Energy and Ethos Energy for the supply of heavy maintenance services to the power plant. The contracts together are worth around USD139 million (137 million euro).

The company has been involved in the construction, operation and maintenance of additional solar projects in the Naqab, in Ashalim, Nevatim, Shneur Tze’elim, Sde Boker, Givolim, Hatzerim, Timna Valley, Kibbutz Urim, Moshav Nevatim, Shibolim, and Brosh. Together these farms produce over 300-MW of electricity and take over thousands of dunams of land.

Gas Energy Projects

Shikun & Binui holds an agreement with Energean Israel Ltd. to purchase natural gas from the "Shark/Tanin" reservoir for the flow of gas to the Ramat Hovav power station for 20 years from the date of supply.

In December 2020, the company signed an agreement with the Leviathan reservoir partnership (NeWMeD Energy, Chevron Mediterranean Limited and Ratio Energies) for the supply of natural gas for a period of 30 months from that date or until the start of gas flow from the Shark reservoir. The Leviathan and Karish gas fields are located in the Mediterranean. The gas extraction by the Israeli state comes in violation of the Paris Protocol, the economic annex of the Oslo Accords Agreement, which calls for the establishment of a joint Development Program, to provide for joint “exploitation of oil and gas for industrial purposes.” Israel’s blockage of Palestinians’ ability to develop their natural resources leads to the de-development of the Palestinian economy.

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