De­sali­na­tion plant.

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ing the de­cline of 0.9 per­cent noted in April. The head­line fig­ure is the high­est year-on-year rise in per­mits since De­cem­ber 2005. A to­tal of 1,237 were is­sued in May, above the 1,000 mark for a third con­sec­u­tive month. The cor­re­spond­ing sur­face area also ex­panded, in­creas­ing by 72.2 per­cent, while vol­ume was up 50.9 per­cent com­pared to the same month in 2016. On a re­gional ba­sis, there was an in­crease in the number of build­ing per­mits in 12 out of 13 re­gions recorded. The big­gest rise was reg­is­tered in the north­ern Aegean, where the number of per­mits in­creased by 162.5 per­cent, fol­lowed by the south Aegean (+117 per­cent) and Epirus (+96.6 per­cent). The only re­gion where there were fewer per­mits was in East­ern Mace­do­nia and Thrace, where the to-

Greece’s Ship­ping Min­istry and the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat for the Aegean and Is­land Pol­icy have signed an 870,000-euro con­tract for the con­struc­tion of a de­sali­na­tion plant on the re­mote Dode­canese is­land of Kastel­lorizo. Of­fi­cials said the fa­cil­ity, whose con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start later this year, will pro­duce at least 40,000 cu­bic me­ters of water an­nu­ally – enough to cover the re­quire­ments of the is­land’s pop­u­la­tion of around 500. The project is ex­pected to sharply re­duce the cost of sup­ply­ing water to the is­land, which lies close to Turkey’s south­west­ern coast. To date the is­land has been de­pen­dent on water brought in by boat.

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