De Nora and ACWA Power to advance Saudi Arabia’s energy transition

Industrie De Nora S.p.A. (De Nora), an Italian multinational company listed on the Euronext Milan, specialised in sustainable electrochemical technologies and in the emerging green hydrogen industry, has been selected by Saudi-listed ACWA Power, the world’s largest private water desalination company, to enter into a close collaboration to advance the energy transition via the production of green energy, water and wastewater disinfection technologies and jointly perform R&D of key and new technologies.

“We are pleased to further expand our long-lasting presence in the Middle East and confirm our strong commitment to participate in realising the Saudi 2030 Vision,” said Luca Buonerba, chief marketing and business development officer at De Nora. “De Nora Group’s portfolio of solutions for clean water and green hydrogen production is well appreciated by ACWA, as well as many Saudi companies and utilities across the region enjoying clean water treated by our technologies. The overall reinforcement of the business relations between our companies, under the umbrella of the friendship of the Italian and Saudi governments, is certainly a springboard for additional successes and expand our presence.”

De Nora Group offers a comprehensive portfolio of water and wastewater technologies, with several product lines rooted in the company’s most advanced electrochemical technologies. ACWA plans to utilise De Nora’s expertise in electrode technologies as the enabling factor for the sustainable production of green hydrogen.

The collaboration with ACWA will draw on the experience of similarly scoped high profile projects in the region, such as the largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world, underway as part of the second phase of the Al Jubail Desalination Plant upgrade, and the world’s largest green hydrogen production plant at Neom.

Buonerba adds, “We are sure that by working in partnership with ACWA and with the guidance of their management, we will realise many opportunities to provide the country with the best technologies at the most competitive total cost of ownership, minimising the CO2 footprint, granting easy and cost competitive access to clean water and green hydrogen.”

Marco Arcelli, ACWA Power CEO, “We have high expectations for the relationship between ACWA and De Nora for the exchange of crucial expertise, products, and equipment to Saudi Arabia, home of one of the largest decarbonisation programmes in the world.”

“De Nora’s expertise in electrochemistry and sustainability technologies will enhance ACWA Power’s portfolio of water desalination and power projects. We will also investigate to enhance the cooperation in operations and maintenance of our desalination and green hydrogen applications. ACWA and De Nora both share a mutual vision to deal with some of the world’s most pressing problems and we look forward to the future of this development.”

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