Dow and Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corporation Sign Commercial Agreement for Research Collaboration

Posted: Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Dow, SWCC to jointly conduct tests on suitability of desalination technologies for Gulf use.

The Dow Chemical Company and the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) have announced the signing of a commercial agreement for research collaboration. Dow and SWCC’s first action after this agreement will be to launch a pilot project to test the suitability of innovative desalination technologies for conditions in the Arabian Gulf. The announcement follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU), in March 2012, between Dow and SWCC to conduct joint research in desalination technologies.

Dow and SWCC will partner to test state-of-the-art desalination technologies developed by Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), evaluating their performance in the Arabian Gulf’s unique environment, including their ability to effectively handle factors such as high salinity and high temperatures. The tests will be conducted by the Saline Water Desalination Research Institute (SWDRI) in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, over a period of one year.

“We are looking forward to this opportunity to test the effectiveness of Dow’s innovative ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis technologies in the conditions we work with, in the Arabian Gulf,” said SWDRI Director Dr. Ibrahim Al Tisan. “As the sole producer of desalinated water in Saudi Arabia, we are looking at cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to boost our operational efficiencies and the quality of our product. Our decision to partner with Dow and explore the possibility of introducing new, more effective, technologies, reflects this commitment.”

SWCC is a Saudi government body responsible for desalinating sea water to augment the supply of potable water to coastal and inland cities in the Kingdom. It is the largest desalinated water producer in the world with 32 desalination plants that are responsible for 18% of the world’s desalinated water production.

“We welcome this opportunity to further prove the effectiveness of DOW™ UltraFiltration and DOW FILMTEC™ Reverse Osmosis technologies in the challenging environmental conditions we see in the Arabian Gulf. We are proud to partner with SWCC and confident our innovations will deliver enhanced solutions for the unique needs of the Kingdom,” said Dr. Ilham Kadri, General Manager, Dow Advanced Materials, Middle East and Africa, and Commercial Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), Europe, Middle East and Africa.

She added: “Dow’s ongoing partnership with SWCC mirrors our longstanding commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through such joint development activities, we are able to combine over five decades of Dow’s global expertise with SWCC’s valuable experience and insights to help address local and regional water needs in a sustainable manner.”

DW&PS’ pilot project with SWCC is the latest in a series of water-related initiatives that Dow has announced in the Kingdom. In addition to the MoU signed with SWCC in March 2012, Dow entered into a comprehensive R&D collaboration agreement with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the region’s leading graduate-level research university, in 2009 with an initial focus on water and water treatment technologies. In July 2011, Dow announced plans to invest in a best-in-class manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC™ RO elements in the Kingdom.

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