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MENAFN Press - 22/01/2014
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(MENAFN Press) Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), is making milestone progress on two water technology projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Progress is on track with its best-in-class manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC„ reverse osmosis (RO) elements “ the site has been identified and initial engineering has commenced. Dow has also confirmed that a new pilot plant will be launched at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

"Investments in Saudi Arabia represent a big step forward in our thirty-year commitment to the region, and a tremendous opportunity for Dow to better serve its customers with strong R&D and commercial manufacturing facilities," said Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions. "Our presence in the region strengthens our ability to address the area's unique water needs and provides us with access to emerging markets, such as Eastern Europe, China and Southeast Asia."

Reverse Osmosis Facilit

Dow's reverse osmosis manufacturing facility is on track to deliver local supply security of cutting-edge technologies for water desalination and water re-use for potable, non-potable and industrial water serving Saudi Arabia, the surrounding Middle East and North Africa regions and emerging markets worldwide. This facility is the first of its kind built outside the United States, and will locally manufacture high-tech reverse osmosis membranes that enable the production of drinking and industrial-use water. "In fact, these membranes have the capability to reduce the oil requirement to distill water in the region by approximately 1 billion per year," said Desai

Dow water membrane technologies are delivering cost-savings through reduced energy use and better operational efficiencies for customers in the desalination, industrial, municipal, commercial and residential sectors. This has been demonstrated locally with a small-scale Dow mobile pilot, which has been processing difficult-to-treat-water for more than a year from the Arabian Gulf. The system has demonstrated sustainable performance and economic advantages.

"High-performance DOW FILMTEC elements are used in some of the most water-challenged areas of the world, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said Desai. "A great example of this is the Shoaiba Barge Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant, which is among the country's largest desalination plants of its kind.

KAUST Pilot Projec

As part of its collaboration agreement initiated in 2009 with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Dow has announced a large-scale pilot plant that will serve as a water technology research center beginning in the second quarter of 2014. With access to seawater from the Red Sea, top water scientists will use the Dow Industrial Scale Water and Process Solutions Pilot Plant to test real-world scenarios at industry scale to further advance water filtration and purification

Seawater desalination in the Middle East is challenging primarily due to fouling problems. With the resources at KAUST, Dow will be able to offer better solutions to reliable drinking water production. The multi-million dollar KAUST facility is part of Dow's global research and development (R&D) organization and is committed to delivering science-based solutions for some of the world's biggest challenges such as health, energy, climate change, transportation and sustainable consumption

For more information on water technology investment in Saudi Arabia, please visit http://www.dowwaterandprocess.com/en/news/press-releases/2011/dow-to-invest-in-water-technology-in-saudi-arabia#sthash.Ovrlcj96.dpu

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. More information about Dow Water & Process Solutions can be found at www.dowwaterandprocess.com.About DowDow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately 57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.



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