Toray Receives Reverse Osmosis Membrane Order for Rabigh 3 Desalination Plant

Published : Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:18 pm
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Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has received reverse osmosis (RO) membrane supply order for Rabigh 3 Desalination Plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Not only will the 600,000m3/day Desalination Plant be the largest SWRO plant in 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.

1. Background

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.

The award of RO membrane supply order for Rabigh 3 Desalination Plant was realized from Toray’s solid desalination reference over a decade, operation record, and efficient proposal based on past experience in the region.

2. Looking ahead

Over the years, Toray has expanded its RO membrane sales, production, and technical support to help resolve water issues around the globe. Applications extend from desalination, wastewater reclamation and industrial usage, achieving the total accumulated water production capacity of over 91,400,000m3/day, which is equivalent to serve the water needs of 640 million people, or around 8% of the world’s population.

Ensuring supplies of safe and clean water is Toray’s top theme announced both in “Toray Group Sustainability Vision” on July 2018 and in “Toray Vision 2030” on May 2020. Toray will continue supplying RO membranes and other advanced membrane products while strengthening technical services to meet local demand, striving to help overcome the challenges of ever growing water demand in the Middle East.

[Order details]

Rabigh 3 Desalination Plant
Location: Rabigh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Production capacity: 600,000 m3/day
Expected Operation Start: Q4 2021
Developer: ACWA POWER (70%) / Saudi Brothers Commercial Company (30%)
EPC Contractor: Abengoa Agua S.A. / TIEJUN / SIDEM

[Background of establishment of TMME]

Toray established TMME in Dammam 3rd Industrial City in 2015, in harmony to Saudi Vision 2030. This vision was launched by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to reduce its dependence on oil and achieve diversified economy. TMME has earned an outstanding reputation on its product and technical service through the numerous references achieved with the Made in KSA reverse osmosis membranes, and shall further contribute to the Saudi Vision 2030.

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