Dow establishes RO manufacturing in Saudi Arabia
Facility in Jubail will make water desal products, employ 100 people.
The Dow Chemical Company has awarded Fluor Corporation the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its reverse osmosis (RO) manufacturing facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Located in Jubail Industrial City II at the Sadara Chemical Company complex, the facility will locally manufacture high-tech RO elements that purify water for drinking and industrial uses.
This is Dow’s first facility of its kind built outside the United States with expected date of completion by end of 2015.
More than 100 jobs will be created at the facility, which will manufacture a range of Dow RO products including Dow Filmtec brackish water RO elements and seawater RO elements.
The facility will supply the local Saudi Arabian market as well as the wider Middle East and Africa (MEA) region and markets with similar critical water needs, including Eastern Europe, India, China and South East Asia.
“This state-of-the-art facility will bring enhanced capabilities and capacity to Dow’s RO business in Saudi Arabia and perfectly aligns to the Kingdom’s drive to offer increasingly diverse employment opportunities for Saudi nationals,” commented Snehal Desai, global business director,Dow Water & Process Solutions, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company.
“This investment also complements our activities at the Dow KSA Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) where our research focuses specifically on RO solutions in combination with ultra-filtration (UF) pre-treatment for seawater desalination.”
Dow established manufacturing and commercial facilities in the UAE more than 35 years ago.
Since then, Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait have partnered on six industry joint ventures.
Saudi Aramco and Dow have formed a joint venture, Sadara, to build, own and operate an integrated chemicals complex in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dow has established a Middle East and Africa R&D Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.