Dow Chemical ships first FILMTEC reverse osmosis load from Saudi Arabian facility


Dow Chemical has shipped the first batch of its FILMTEC Reverse Osmosis (RO) from the company's Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS) manufacturing facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The RO elements made at the Jubail manufacturing unit can cut the oil required to distil water in the region by nearly 10MM barrels every year, which is equivalent to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 900,000 vehicles driven annually.

This RO facility in Saudi Arabia is the first manufacturing unit outside the US.

The facility came on-stream in December 2015 to serve the growing RO demands in the local market in Saudi Arabia, as well as in Middle Eastern and African regions.

"Through rapid urban economic growth, annual domestic water demand in the Middle East and North Africa countries is estimated to more than triple over the next 20-30 years."

It also serves India, China, Eastern Europe and South East Asia.

DW&PS RO business unit director Yochai Gafni said: "Through rapid urban economic growth, annual domestic water demand in the Middle East and North Africa countries is estimated to more than triple over the next 20-30 years.

"To combat regional water scarcity challenges and address this growing resource demand, Jubail Operations will help deliver a robust local supply of cutting-edge technologies for municipal and industrial water applications."

Jubail Operations, the wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemcal, is located within the Sadara Chemical Company complex, in Jubail Industrial City II.

The plant produces FILMTEC RO elements used for desalination of seawater and brackish water, as well as for reuse of industrial, potable and non-potable liquids.

Dow Saudi Arabia president Chuck Swartz said: "The Jubail Operations replicates and builds on the state-of-the-art production technology employed in Edina, Minnesota, US, and adds a high technology investment to the Kingdom.

"It is also creating jobs for Saudi talents."