News | July 31, 2014

Dow Takes Next Step With New Investment In KSA

EPC Contract Awarded for Saudi Water Membrane facility

The Dow Chemical Company has awarded Fluor Corporation the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Reverse Osmosis (RO) manufacturing facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located in Jubail Industrial City II at the Sadara Chemical Company complex, the facility will locally manufacture high-tech RO elements that purify water for drinking and industrial uses.

This is Dow’s first facility of its kind built outside the United States with expected date of completion by end of 2015. Over 100 jobs will be created at the facility which will manufacture a range of Dow RO products including Dow FILMTECTM brackish water RO elements and seawater RO elements. The facility will supply the local Saudi Arabia 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.

Saudi Arabia faces tremendous water scarcity and as a result, represents the largest seawater desalination markets in the world. The new Dow RO facility will not only bring local supply security of cutting edge technologies for water desalination but also a more cost effective water treatment solution as desalination via reverse osmosis has proven to be less energy-intensive as compared to traditional thermal methods. RO elements are used for demineralizing brackish water or desalinating seawater for a variety of sectors and industrial applications, including water treatment, power generation, food & beverage processing, municipal desalination and water reuse.

“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,” commented Snehal Desai, Global Business Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions. “This investment also complements our activities at the Dow KSA Research Centre 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.”

“Dow has chosen Fluor as the EPC contractor for its reverse osmosis manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia,” announced Zuhair Allawi, President Dow Saudi Arabia. “Fluor has demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience within this field and we are confident that the team will bring significant added value to the project. We look forward to working with Fluor as we bring this project to life.”

About Dow Water & Process Solutions
The global leader in sustainable separation and purification technology, Dow Water & Process Solutions is making a clear impact in the world. We’re helping to make water safer and more accessible, food taste better, pharmaceuticals more effective and industries more efficient and spearheading the development of sustainable technologies that integrate water and energy requirements. Dow Water & Process Solutions offers a broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes, fine particle filters and electrodeionization products, with strong positions in a number of major application areas, including industrial and municipal water, industrial processes, pharmaceuticals, power, residential water and waste and water reuse. For more information, visit

About Dow In The Middle East
Dow has a longstanding relationship with the Middle East beginning with the establishment of manufacturing and commercial facilities in the United Arab Emirates more than 35 years ago. Since then, Dow has established a solid presence in the Middle East petrochemicals industry, partnering with leading regional companies to set up state-of-the-art petrochemical complexes across the region. For 18 years, Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait have shared one successful milestone after another, partnering on six industry-leading joint ventures. Saudi Aramco and Dow have formed a joint venture. Sadara, to build, own and operate a world-scale integrated chemicals complex in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From the entrepreneurship initiatives of LoYac in Kuwait to the new Dow Middle East and Africa R&D Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, Dow actively supports the social and economic aspirations of the communities where it operates. For more information, visit

About Dow
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