Dow Chemical to build water technologies plant in Saudi Arabia

26 July 2011 16:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical plans to build a facility to make reverse osmosis elements and membranes in Saudi Arabia, the US-based chemicals major said on Tuesday.

The proposed plant will provide materials and water technologies for desalination and water reuse to customers in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region, Dow added.

Saudi Arabia and nearby emerging markets represent “a tremendous opportunity” for Dow Chemical, according to Jerome Peribere, executive vice president and president and CEO of Dow Advanced Materials.

“Our plan is to complement our commercial presence with a manufacturing footprint, thereby bringing us closer to regional customers and strengthening the global competitiveness of our water business,” Peribere said.

Dow did not disclose further details concerning the plant.

Dow’s FILMTEC membrane elements are being used already by a number of water treatment plants in Saudi Arabia, including one of the country’s largest desalination plant, the Shoaiba Barge SeaWater Reverse Osmosis plant, it added.

In related news, Dow and Saudi Aramco announced a joint venture this week to build a petrochemicals production complex in Saudi Arabia.

For more on Dow Chemical and other producers visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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