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Toray wins membrane supply contract for Saudi Arabia’s largest seawater desalination plant

| By Mary Bailey

Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has received a reverse osmosis (RO) membrane supply order for Rabigh 3 Desalination Plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Not only will the 600,000-m3/day Desalination Plant be the largest seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) plant in the country, it will also be one of the largest SWRO plants in the world. 

Toray Membrane Middle East LLC (TMME), Toray’s local subsidiary located in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will supply the RO membranes and provide technical services. In keeping with its company principle of reinforcing local services, TMME will supply locally manufactured product, provide commissioning support and autopsy service to help resolve water shortages in the Middle East, which will also ultimately contribute to stable energy supplies to the world. The EPC contractors for the project are Abengoa Agua S.A., TIEJUN and SIDEM.

Gulf countries are investing extensively in infrastructure to cater to rising populations. They are pushing ahead with plans to build desalination plants to secure sufficient drinking water. With increasing awareness of environmental footprints and cost reduction, construction of RO Desalination Plants which consume less energy than conventional evaporation method is increasing.