EGA Finishes US$300 MM Upgrade to Aluminium Smelter

EGA Finishes US$300 MM Upgrade to Aluminium Smelter

UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA) announced yesterday the completion of its three-year, US$300-million project to upgrade production lines at its aluminium smelter at Jebel Ali.

According to the firm, the plant’s production lines are now powered by proprietary technology that both increases production and reduces operating costs and environmental degradation. As of now, EGA’s 2,777 reduction cells all operate using technology developed domestically.

EGA says that the new reduction cells now produce 20 percent more product than their predecessors using 10 percent less energy. In addition, the new cells produce 96 percent less perfluorocarbons, which is a greenhouse gas emitted as a by-product of anode effects of aluminium production.

Overall the project boosted EGA’s production capacity by over 58 thousand metric tons per annum at a cost of over six million man-hours. EGA says that the project was completed without a single lost-time injury.

EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Abdulla Kalban hails the achievement as a significant step forward in the company’s overall global competitiveness.

“This project to replace older reduction cells with UAE-developed technology boosts our competitiveness as one of the largest ‘premium aluminium’ producers in the world as the new reduction cells can produce more aluminium with less energy and with lower emissions. The most important achievement for me though was that a continuous focus on safety meant this challenging project was completed without hurting anyone.”

Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminium is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA had an estimated enterprise value of US$15 billion at the time the merger took place. The firm is owned equally by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Global Aluminium holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting. EGA turned out a record 2.5 million metric tons of primary aluminium in 2016.