De Nora signs MoU with ACWA Power to accelerate water desalination in Saudi Arabia

De Nora — an Italian multinational company listed on the Euronext Milan specialising in electrochemical technologies and green hydrogen industry — has been selected by Saudi-listed private water desalination company ACWA Power to jointly perform R&D and produce green energy, water and wastewater disinfection technologies. The partnership was officialised with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Saudi-Italian investment forum, held in Milan, Italy under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Investment and the Italian Ministry of Enterprises.

The collaboration with ACWA will draw on the experience of its seawater reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant as part of the second phase of the Al Jubail desalination plant upgrade, and the green hydrogen production plant at Neom using alkaline water electrolysis supplied by its joint venture partner thyssenkrupp nucera, a joint initiative of Air Products, ACWA power and Neom Green Hydrogen company.

From left: Luca Buonerba, De Nora; Marco Arcelli, ACWA Power; Khalid Al-Falhih, Saudi Ministry of Investment and Adolfo Urso, Italian Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy

ACWA Power CEO Marco Arcelli said, “De Nora’s expertise in electrochemistry and technologies will enhance ACWA Power portfolio of water desalination. We will enhance operations and maintenance of our desalination and green hydrogen applications.”

De Nora Group offers a portfolio of water and wastewater technologies, with several product lines rooted in the company’s electrochemical technologies. ACWA plans to utilise De Nora’s expertise in electrode technologies to produce green hydrogen.