The US’ Dow Chemical Company is to open a reverse osmosis (RO) manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia, having awarded the US’ Fluor Corporation the contract to build the facility.

The facility will be located in Jubail Industrial City 2, next to the Sadara Chemical Company complex. The plant will manufacture RO components that can be used to treat water for potable and industrial uses.

Fluor is expected to complete construction of the facility by the end of 2015, and the plant will produce RO components capable of filtering brackish water as well as seawater.

Dow Chemical, in partnership with state oil major Saudi Aramco, is developing the estimated $19.3bn Sadara Chemical Complex at Jubail Industrial City.

The Sadara complex will produce several speciality chemicals aimed at pushing the kingdom’s petrochemicals industry further downstream. The complex will have a capacity of about 8 million tonnes a year (t/y) and is scheduled for completion in late 2016.

The first contract awards were made in mid-2011 and winning bidders have included South Korea’s Daelim Industrial and Daewoo Engineering & Construction, as well as engineering contractors such as Fluor and the US’ Jacobs Engineering and Foster Wheeler. Germany’s Linde won the gas supply contract.

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