Processing Magazine

Dow Water & Process Solutions’ Technology Enables World''s Largest Desalination Plant

November 2, 2010
According to a press release, Dow Water & Process Solutions’ innovation will soon be hard at work in the Soreq Desalination Plant, the Middle East’s newest major desalination project. There, Dow Water & Process Solutions’ membranes will help produce up to 150 billion liters (39.6 billion gallons) of drinking water annually. Located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) south of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Soreq Seawater Desalination Plant will also hold the distinction of being the world’s largest user of 16-inch DOW FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. Dow Water & Process Solutions has developed 16-inch RO technology with an active surface area 4.3 times that of the elements typically used in full-scale RO systems for water reuse, increasing the membrane size options for system designers and decreasing the number of permeate o-ring seals needed by seven-fold. The contract for the Soreq Desalination Plant was awarded by IDE Technologies and the Hutchison Water consortium.