EDINA, Minn. — Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS) has announced plans for a pilot plant in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia that will serve as a water technology research center, according to an article by Utilities Middle East.

The plant is part of a collaboration agreement initiated in 2009 between DW&PS and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), noted the article.

At the Dow Industrial Scale Water and Process Solutions Pilot Plant, scientists will use seawater from the Red Sea to test real-world scenarios at industry scale to advance water filtration and purification, the article reported.

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The KAUST facility will address challenges with fouling in Middle Eastern seawater desalination and provide better solutions to reliable drinking water production, noted the article.

“Investments in Saudi Arabia represent a big step forward in our thirty-year commitment to the region, and a tremendous opportunity for Dow to better serve its customers with strong R&D and commercial manufacturing facilities,” said Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions. “Our presence in the region strengthens our ability to address the area’s unique water needs and provides us with access to emerging markets, such as Eastern Europe, China and Southeast Asia.”

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