The first batch of alumina has been produced at Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC’s (EGA) new refinery at Al Taweelah.
The US$3.3 billion plant in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi is the country’s first alumina refinery, which EGA says will set the UAE on the path to becoming a major regional alumina refining country.
EGA says the plant’s construction took over 11,000 workers more than 25,000 hours of labor to construct the plant. The refinery is not at full capacity at the moment, but upon complete ramp-up, EGA says the plant will refine alumina at a rate of 5 million metric tons per annum.
Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, noted the significance of the milestone in a press release issued yesterday.
“The start-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery is transformative for EGA and the first of two major milestones this year as we complete our strategic growth projects upstream in the aluminium value chain. Al Taweelah alumina refinery, and our bauxite mining project in Guinea where construction continues, secure our supply of raw materials at competitive prices and will strengthen EGA’s business for decades ahead. I want to thank every colleague who played a role in the safe and efficient completion of this important project.”
In addition to Al Taweelah, EGA is constructing operations in the Republic of Guinea for the purposes of mining and shipping bauxite ore to feed operations at Al Taweelah as well as for third-party sale. EGA estimates first production in Guinea to occur later this year.
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.