Desalination plant in Middle East employs Dow membrane technology

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 2, 2010 -- 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.

"Soreq is a milestone project for desalination in terms of size and technology and a testament to how our advances in reverse osmosis membranes have contributed to making the production of clean drinking water from seawater more affordable and energy efficient," said Ian Lomax, marketing manager for desalination, Dow Water & Process Solutions. "Our commitment to providing clean water in the Middle East includes innovations that decrease the number of membrane elements needed, reduce the system's footprint and equipment needs and provide capital cost savings for plant operators."

The contract for the Soreq Desalination Plant was awarded by IDE Technologies and the Hutchison Water consortium.

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Dow Water & Process Solutions has a 50 year legacy of providing innovative water and process solutions to both communities and industries alike. A differentiated business unit of The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries, Dow Water & Process Solutions offers a broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes and electrodeionization products, with strong positions in a number of major application areas, including industrial and municipal water, chemical processes, pharmaceuticals, power, residential water and waste and water reuse. More information about Dow Water & Process Solutions can be found at www.dowwaterandprocess.com.

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