Oct. 11, 2019
Toray Receives Consecutive Reverse Osmosis Membrane Orders for Desalination Plants in KSA contributing to Saudi Vision 2030
Tokyo, Japan, October 10, 2019 – Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has received ROMEMBRATM reverse osmosis (RO) membrane orders for Shoaibah 3 Extension 2 and Shoaibah 4 Desalination Plants in Saudi Arabia, which will bring the site as nation’s largest RO desalination complex enabling to produce water of 650,000m3/day.
The RO membrane would not only help resolve water shortages in the Middle East, but also contribute greatly to Saudi Vision (refer to note below), a national initiative which the Japanese government also provides the support of. The supply of RO membrane as well as the technical services will be provided by our local subsidiary Toray Membrane Middle East LLC. (TMME).
Gulf countries are investing extensively in infrastructure to cater to rising populations. They are especially forwarding plans to build desalination plants to secure sufficient drinking water.
Such plants are adopting RO method which consumes less energy over conventional evaporation method.
Shoaibah, Saudi Arabia’s second largest city located around 120 kilometers south of Jeddah, has also decided to implement RO method in its first expansion of Shoaibah 3 desalination
complex, producing up to 150,000 m3/day after going online in 2009.
Toray has supplied ROMEMBRATM in all of its desalination system since, after being highly evaluated for over 10 years of stable operation at Shoaibah 3 expansion plant, contributing to the region by producing water of 800,000 m3/day.
2. Looking ahead
It is expected that there will be higher demand of water in the Middle East with increase in population and growth of industry, and the drive to implement RO system is sought to increase with higher awareness of energy saving means.
ROMEMBRATM is used not only at desalination plants, but also for waste water treatment application, achieving the total accumulated water production capacity of 68,000,000 m3/day on shipment basis, which is equivalent to serving water to 480 million people, more than 6% of world population.
Toray has raised the supply of safe and clean water as a theme in the “Toray Group Sustainability Vision”, announced on July 2018. Toray will continue to supply ROMEMBRATM and other advanced membrane technologies while strengthening its technical services to serve local demand on a global scale, to continue to provide solution to the water issue in the Middle East.
1. Second expansion of Shoaibah 3 desalination plant
Location: Shoaibah, Saudi Arabia
Production capacity: 250,000 m3/day
Operational start: July 2019
Construction contractor: Joint venture between Abengoa S.A. (Spain) and Fisia Italimpianti SpA (Italy)
2. Shoaibah 4 desalination plant
Location: Shoaibah, Saudi Arabia
Production capacity: 400,000 m3/day
Operational start: January 2020
Construction contractor: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (South Korea)
Note on Saudi Vision 2030:
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia launched this initiative to reduce its dependence on oil and diversify its economy, with support from the Japanese government.
- Toray established TMME in Dammam 3rd Industrial City in 2015 in keeping with this vision.
- TMME has earned an outstanding reputation for creating a structure to supply ROMEMBRATM in keeping with Saudi Vision 2030.