Dow selects Fluor as EPC contractor for Saudi reverse osmosis facility

Located in Jubail Industrial City II at the Sadara Chemical Co complex, the new facility 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,” said Snehal Desai, global business director, Dow Water & Process Solutions. “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.”

This is Dow’s first facility of this kind built outside the United States. The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.