Posted: May 17, 2008

Saudi Arabia to obtain insider info on nanotechnology water treatment from Japan

(Nanowerk News) Saudia Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has started a joint research project with the Japanese Water Recycling Center focusing on integrating high-tech nanotechnology water treatment in the current process of distillation operations.
The project has started at the Corporation Institute for saline water research in Jubail city.
Fahd Al-Sharif, Governor of SWCC said the Institute has signed a number of agreements to develop the technology of water treatment and recycling. The Saudi-Japanese water corporation is aiming at reducing expenses of treated water production and the technology brought home.
Besides the Japanese center, SWCC signed agreements with a Singaporean center for saline water technology, Saudi Aramco and King Abdul Aziz City for Sciences and Technology. Soon the SWCC will sign contracts with universities to help to develop water treatment and filtering processes in the Kingdom.
The Kingdom should be a pioneer in research on saline water conversion, Al-Sharif said.
Corporation Institute in Jubail is preparing a good base of human resources qualified to conduct more research, he added.
But to jump start a well-defined research center for water treatment in the Kingdom, cooperation agreements with the world's leading water companies and research centers around the world are a must, he added.
In addition to conducting water treatment research in the Kingdom, the agreements would profit the Kingdom by providing insider information of water treatment.
Source: The Saudi Gazette
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