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Fluor to build Dow Chemicals' new Saudi plant

Jubail facility to make reverse osmosis components for desalination

Jubail Industrial City.
Jubail Industrial City.

The Dow Chemical Company has appointed Fluor Corporation to build a new manufacturing facility that will make high-tech reverse osmosis components for desalination plants.

The engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract will see Fluor build the plant at Jubail Industrial City II in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, close to the $20bn Sadara chemical complex it is building alongside Saudi Aramco.

The facility will be the first reverse osmosis plant Dow has built outside of its home market in the US. The factory will be complete by the end of next year and once opened will provide 100 new manufacturing jobs.

As well as serving a local Saudi market facing water scarcity issues, Dow has said the facility will allow for a more efficient brand of desalination plants to be built across the Middle East and Africa regions, as reverse osmosis is a much less energy-intensive method for desalinating seawater than traditional thermal methods.

Zuhair Allawi, president of Dow Saudi Arabia, said: “Fluor has demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience within this field and we are confident that the team will bring significant added value to the project.”

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