News | April 21, 2023

De Nora And SWCC Boost Their Partnership With The Development Of The Al Jubail Desalination Plant

Source: De Nora

Installation will become the world’s largest SWRO desalination operation.

Industrie De Nora S.p.A. – Italian multinational listed on the Euronext Milan, specialised in the electrochemical industry and leader in sustainable technologies and in the emerging green hydrogen industry – has been awarded contracts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for the second phase of the Al Jubail Desalination Plant upgrade, a Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) initiative. The development will see the plant become the largest Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in the world, producing up to 1 million cubic meters of seawater per day with the help of key De Nora technologies.

De Nora will provide an optimized scope offering of three proprietary technologies, including: a SEACLOR system for biofouling control of seawater intake through electrochlorination; DE NORA TETRA underdrain filters as a trouble-free solution for the pretreatment before reverse osmosis; and Capital Controls Underwater Chlorine Dioxide Generators for the final disinfection of potable water, a safe patented technology ensuring premium water quality.

Part of the agreement is the provision of continued support throughout installation and operation, enabling SWCC to enjoy reduced life cycle costs across the project lifetime.

"We are proud to contribute with our water treatment technologies to the ambitious drinking water project of SWCC, a valued partner of De Nora," comments Paolo Dellachà, CEO of Industrie De Nora. "Our commitment to developing solutions that are always on the forefront of technology to meet market needs and actively participate in the Green Economy has always distinguished us in the panorama of major players in the sector."

“We are making great progress in water management,” said SWCC representatives. “Many of our recent projects were in partnership with De Nora – a company that shares our commitment to solving the planet’s biggest water challenges. We see great value in choosing the best available treatment technologies from a single provider and will continue to entrust them as our preferred partner for the supply and service of advanced technologies. We expect our combined experience and expertise will excel water sustainability efforts.”

Construction in Al Jubail is underway, with De Nora systems to be delivered later this year. Once complete in 2024, potable water will be transported over 14 kilometers to existing Eastern Province water transmission system (EPWTS) reservoir stations in Marafiq, the industrial city in Jubail.

About De Nora
Industrie De Nora is an Italian multinational company listed on the Euronext Milan stock exchange, specializing in electrochemistry, a leader in sustainable technologies, and has a vital role in the industrial green hydrogen production chain. The Company has a portfolio of products and systems to optimize the energy efficiency of critical industrial electrochemical processes and a range of products and solutions for water treatment. Globally, Industrie De Nora is the world's largest supplier of activated electrodes (serving a broad portfolio of customers operating in the fields of chlorine and caustic soda production, components for electronics, and non-ferrous metal refining). Industrie De Nora is also among the world's leading suppliers of water filtration and disinfection technologies (for the industrial, municipal, and marine sectors) and the world's leading swimming pool disinfection components supplier. Leveraging its well-established electrochemical knowledge, proven manufacturing capability, and a supply chain established over the years, the Company has developed and qualified a portfolio of electrodes and components to produce hydrogen through the electrolysis of water, which is critical for the energy transition. In this sector, the company also holds 34% of thyssenkrupp nucera AG &Co. KGaA, a joint venture established with the thyssenkrupp group.

Founded in 1923, Industrie De Nora generated total revenues of around EUR 853 million and an Adjusted EBITDA of approx. EUR 191 million in 2022. The Company's growth process has developed organically through continued penetration of new markets and applications and through acquisitions in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. De Nora’s continuous innovation drives its growth, represented by its evolving intellectual property portfolio, which currently includes more than 260 patent families with more than 2,800 territorial extensions. The De Nora family controls the Group, which owns 53.3% of the Company’s share capital. Snam S.p.A. is a minority shareholder with about 21.6% of the capital.

Source: De Nora