The US’ Dow Chemical has signed a commercial agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) to collaborate on research and to build a pilot plant in the Gulf.
The two firms signed a memorandum of understanding in March to conduct joint research in desalination. Dow and SWCC will test desalination technologies developed by Dow Water & Process Solutions in the Gulf, including its ability to effectively handle high salinity and temperatures. The tests, which will be carried out over a period of one year will be conducted by the Saline Water Desalination Research Institute (SWDRI) in Jubail, on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast.
SWCC is a government body responsible for treating sea water to supply potable water to coastal and inland cities in Saudi Arabia, with 32 desalination plants across the country.
The US firm is also investing in the construction of a new coatings facility at Jubail Industrial City, which will supply coatings materials for the domestic and export markets.