Toray Receives Orders To Supply RO Membranes ‘ROMEMBRA' To 2 Desalination Plants In United Arab Emirates
Toray Industries, Inc. (headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President, CEO & COO: Akihiro Nikkaku; hereinafter referred to as “Toray”) recently announced that it received two separate orders to supply reverse osmosis (RO) membranes "ROMEMBRA" to the seawater desalination plants in Al Zawra (Emirate of Ajman) and Ghalilah (Emirate of Ra’s al Khaymah) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The two plants together will produce 113,000 cubic meters of water per day. Both plants are expected start operation in fiscal 2013.
(1) Al Zawra Desalination Plant (Emirate of
(Production capacity: 45,000 M3/d (11.9MGD); to start operation in 2013)
The Al Zawra plant is an RO seawater desalination plant in the Emirate of Ajman. The contract for the plant construction was won by Cadaqua
(2) Ghalilah Desalination Plant (Emirate of Ra’s al Khaymah)
(Production capacity: 68,000 M3/d (18.0MGD); to start operation in 2013)
The Ghalilah plant is an RO seawater desalination plant in the Emirate of Ra’s al Khaymah. The contract for the plant construction was won by Aquatech Eastern of UAE. This is also under UAE’s FEWA.
In recent years the Gulf countries have been actively making investments in infrastructure with the help of rising crude oil prices. In particular, there are a number of plans to build seawater desalination plants for securing drinking water supplies. The water temperature of the
Toray has an unmatched record in the supply of RO membranes "ROMEMBRA" to plants in the Arabian Gulf countries including
With these two orders, Toray will be supplying its membranes to desalination plants in UAE for a total capacity of 480,000 cubic meters of water per day. The plants under FEWA (the four emirates in the Northern region) will account for 245,000 cubic meters per day of the total. The construction of the two new plants is expected to stimulate the adoption of RO desalination methods in the
Toray has supplied RO membranes "ROMEMBRA" to plants which making more than 25.7 million cubic meters of water per day, This equals enough water for domestic use for more than 1 million people (about 1.5% of the world population). The RO membranes "ROMEMBRA" Toray has supplied for seawater desalination cumulatively produce more than 6 million cubic meters per day, giving Toray the biggest market share in the field.
The global RO membrane market has been expanding fueled by worsening global water shortages and the need for conservation of water resources in response to environmental considerations. In addition to existing applications, including drinking water and pure water for industrial use from seawater and brine desalination, membranes are now being used to reclaim water from urban sewage and industrial wastewater. The demand for membranes is likely to keep growing steadily, primarily in regions including North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and China, while the demand in emerging countries including India and those in Latin America is also expected to expand.
About Toray Industries, Inc.
Toray began research on RO membranes in 1968, and now produces a full line of RO, Nanofiltration (NF), Ultrafiltration (UF) and Microfiltration (MF) membranes developed with its own technology. The company will continue to actively pursue orders in the growing global market by leveraging its world-class water treatment expertise based on the core technologies of synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Under its medium-term management program “Project AP-G 2013” launched in April 2011, Toray is implementing the Green Innovation Business Expansion (GR) Project, and the water treatment business, which is aimed at addressing global issues including environmental, resource-related and energy issues, is positioned as one of the core areas of the project. Toray aims to solidify its position as the leading company in the water treatment business through the strengthening and expansion of its global sales network, improvement and enhancement of its production facilities and capacity, and development of new technologies and products.
SOURCE: Toray Industries, Inc.