Dow to highlight industrial water challenges at IWS 2016

SnehalDow Water & Process Solutions will discuss global water trends and water challenges the Middle East region is currently facing at International Water Summit (IWS), which will be held from 18-21 January 2016 in Abu Dhabi

Zakia Bahjou, regional commercial manager for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, will moderate a panel on the challenges faced by the GCC’s industrial sector and the investment and development opportunities that are being created. Scheduled for Day 3, members of the panel include industrial water authorities from public and private sectors.

The panel will examine the growth of the industrial water sector over the next decade, the demand for industrial treatment and network services, and the impact on oil and gas, refining, mining, and food and beverage sectors.

Bahjou said, “The industrial water sector is being squeezed on both ends — the quality of incoming water has become increasingly impaired and requirements for their outgoing water/discharge are becoming more stringent.

“This is an important and timely topic, and one that Dow has been addressing both globally and regionally.”

Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, will also participate in a panel on energy efficiency in water production on the same day. The panel, hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, will discuss the performance of solar photovoltaic-powered water desalination plants, the latest low energy efficiency technologies for reverse osmosis (RO) plants and next generation developments on the horizon.

“Over the past 40 years, advancements in membrane chemistry, module design, higher efficiency pumps and energy recovery devices and innovative system design have driven down cost to make desalination an efficient and cost-effective reality,” noted Desai.

“Discussion on desalination should take its place among the industry and a country’s options for water reuse.”

The Middle East region is home to Dow’s first RO manufacturing plant outside of the USA. The state-of-the-art facility, to be officially opened later this year, is located in Jubail Industrial City II at the Sadara Chemical Company complex in Saudi Arabia.

Alex Lane, ‎Dow Water & Process Solutions commercial director, EMEA, said, “Our new world class manufacturing facility for DOW FILMTEC™ RO Elements in the Kingdom is another step to cement our presence in the region and will deliver cutting-edge technologies for various industrial water and water re-use applications.”

With an ability to harness a global network of expertise, partnerships and other resources, its new investment in Saudi Arabia, and its participation in IWS, Dow Water & Process Solutions expects to bring its capabilities to address water challenges to the region.

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