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Water

Without water, our business – and communities and ecosystems – would be unable to function.

A key aspect of our sustainability is to reduce water use everywhere we operate, particularly where supplies are stressed.  

We measure freshwater intensity performance in cubic meters (m³) per metric ton (t) of product sales. In 2018, intensity decreased over last year, from 2.69 to 2.62. We achieved a 11.16 percent improvement over our baseline year of 2010 with a 2.65 percent reduction compared to 2017.

Our Gas affiliate improved its water intensity by 7.5 percent this year by discovering and repairing several water-pipeline leaks and installing a new side stream filter for cool-down processes. Petrokemya improved steam generation and venting, lowering water use by 340,000 m³ per year, a 14 percent reduction, and installed a new recovery line saving 280,000 m³ of water per year. 

Our Sharq affiliate retooled its glycol-manufacturing processes to use process condensate in the dehydration stage, eliminating the need for 30,000 m³ of de-mineralized water use per year. The Rayong, Thailand, site reduced its annual water consumption by 14.6 percent and our Baroda, India, site reduced water consumption by 6.1 percent. 

The portable micro-filtration project in Cartagena, Spain, started in September 2018, successfully reducing water usage by 100,000 m³ per year.

Our Pontirolo site in Italy reduced water usage by 20,000 m³ per year by introducing de-mineralized water within a closed circuit, replacing fresh water.

Water Intensity

(m3/t Product Sales)

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SABIC’s Sharq affiliate retooled its glycol-manufacturing processes to use process condensate in the dehydration stage, eliminating the need for 30,000 m3.

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