Emirates Aluminium Rolling (Emiroll) and Abu Dhabi Ports have come to an agreement to lease land for a US$120 million manufacturing plant in Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad).
The facility, which is to be built upon a 900,000 ft2 parcel, is planned to have a nameplate capacity of 65,000 metric tons of aluminium coils per annum, consisting of 45,000 metric tons of cold-rolled coils, and 20,000 metric tons of hot-rolled aluminium. The coils are expected to be used for automotive body parts, roller-shutters, garage castings, container trays, cans, and aerosols, among other applications.
Expected to come online by the third quarter of next year, the plant will be supplied raw molten aluminium by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) from its plant in Kizad.
“Abu Dhabi Ports’ collaboration with Emiroll aims to bolster the UAE’s downstream industries and expand the reach of the Capital’s export activities,” explained Mana Al Mulla, CEO of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi. “This venture will see more rolled products be produced with the support of EGA and is a great example of local entities joining forces to support the government’s vision of economic diversification and further position Abu Dhabi as a hub of integrated industrial excellence.”
“In 2015, the UAE was ranked the world’s fourth largest aluminium producer, accounting for over 50 per cent of the Gulf region’s aluminium output,” Al Mulla continued. “We are proud to have played a role in facilitating the production of such a valuable metal that is in high demand across the globe.”
“Signing off the agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports for the long-term lease of the proposed plant site is a key milestone achieved within the agreed project timeline,” said Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of Dubal Holding. “I wish to congratulate the entire team for this significant achievement and also wish to thank the Abu Dhabi Ports management for their high-level professional support and necessary guidance.”
“Emiroll is one of our projects aiming to boost the domestic consumption of EGA aluminium and thereby support the local economy through value addition, creation of more jobs locally and also support the promotion of an aluminium cluster in the UAE. I’m confident that Emiroll, once realised, will represent a shining example of cooperation among Emirati entities,” he concluded.