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2018: Another year of great achievements, striving and innovation at Protec Arisawa

2018: Another year of great achievements, striving and innovation at Protec Arisawa

Italy, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the IFAT, new business partnerships… 2018 has been a year of hard work, commitment and innovation at Protec Arisawa. Over 40 years of experience confirm our global leadership in the development and production of FRP Pressure Vessels for water purification treatments and desalination processes, and this privileged position has enabled us to take part in the most ambitious projects, both from an industrial and technological viewpoint. A great year full of challenges and promising deals!

Let’s begin with our star project of the year and major hit in the Middle East! We are speaking of course of Saudi Arabia, where Abengoa and Fisia Italimpianti have relied on Protec Arisawa for their most important venture: the Shuaiba III power and desalination complex, where Protec has been chosen for the manufacture and installation of 3,960 high-tech pressure vessels in the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world, located 90 km south of the Saudi city of Jeddah.

Thanks to this main order, split into 2,800 high-pressure vessels (1,200 psi) and 1,160 low-pressure vessels (450 psi), Protec Arisawa has further reinforced its leadership position as top quality supplier for the desalination industry in this country, contributing to meeting the region’s increasing demand for water.

Barka IWP plant: Yet another important project in Oman

The opening of the Barka Independent Water Project (IWP) plant in July 2018 was the last step in a project that brought together the efforts of all our teams throughout the last few years. One more time, global leaders in desalination processes relied on Protec Arisawa to manufacture the pressure vessels for their main project in Oman: the Barka Independent Water Project (IWP) plant. With a daily capacity of 281,000 cubic meters, this seawater Reverse Osmosis facility is the largest desalination plant in the country: an essential infrastructure for the development of energy and water production for the main water network.

Another major hit was the production and installation of 216 high-tech pressure vessels in the  new Sarlux desalination plant located in Sardinia (Italy), designed to supply demineralised water for industrial processes. In this scenario, Protec Arisawa was invited for its quality and efficiency to join Acciona Agua in the conquest of the Mediterranean basin. This brand new desalination plant will provide 12,000 daily cubic meters of high-quality demineralised water to one of the most important refineries in Europe, which accounts for approximately 15% of Italy’s total refining capacity.

International meetings and new deals

After attending last year’s edition of the IDA World Congress and Aquatech Amsterdam with great results and a premium quality high-tech offer in pressure vessels for water purification, Protec Arisawa also attended the IFAT 2018: The World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management. Our team visited this global event in Munich and met the perfect scenario to expand knowledge in the newest emerging desalination and water reuse technologies: an all-round success in every way. Protec had the opportunity to meet the most important players in the sector and explore new technologies.


This year, water treatment has confirmed to be one of the main growing markets for both governments and the private sector. In this sense, last October Protec met important Middle East companies to ascertain cooperation and investment prospects in the United Arab Emirates. For example, top executives from Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world, visited the Basque Country and started conversations with the most relevant local firms in the sector, in order to explore business possibilities ant to enhance high-level relations between both regions in order to support Basque companies established abroad.

The aim of this commercial inverse meeting between companies, where Protec stands first in line, was to deploy a new portfolio of value added services, segmented for different company profiles in an integral model combining own and partner capacities.

Once again, 2018 has confirmed Protec Arisawa’s global leadership in creating and manufacturing Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels for membrane filtration systems, exceeding all known limits in terms of quality, reliability and effectiveness. When opting for Protec, customers are choosing the best Reverse Osmosis equipment in the market.