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The Dow Chemical Company and the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) have signed an agreement to collaborate on research into advanced desalination technologies
The announcement follows the MoU that Dow and SWCC signed in March and the collaboration will start with a pilot project to test the suitability of the innovative desalination technologies developed by Dow Water and Process Solutions (DW&PS).
The firms will evaluate their performance in the Gulf's environment, including their ability to effectively handle factors such as high salinity and high temperatures.
The test will be done over the period of a year and will be conducted at the Saline Water Desalination Research Institute (SWDRI) in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
"We are looking at cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to boost our operational efficiencies and the quality of our product," SWDRI Director Dr. Ibrahim Al Tisan said.
SWCC is the largest desalinated water producer in the world with 32 desalination plants that are responsible for 18 per cent of the world's desalinated water production.
"We welcome this opportunity to further prove the effectiveness of DOW UltraFiltration and Dow FILMTEC Reverse Osmosis technologies in the challenging environmental conditions we see in the Gulf," said the commercial director of Dow Water and Process Solutions, Dr. Ilham Kadri.
Dow announced in July 2011 that it was going to invest in a manufacturing facility for Dow FILMTEC RO elements in the Saudi Arabia.