Domestic media reported the death of two Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA) workers at its Jebel Ali smelter on Monday.
EGA said two men were carrying out a routine maintenance operation on an industrial furnace when bricks came raining down upon them, plunging them into the smelter and to their deaths.
Though emergency response procedures were carried out, the injuries to the two men proved to be fatal. Both men were reported to have died from their burns.
“Emirates Global Aluminium deeply regrets to confirm that an incident took place at its Jebel Ali site yesterday evening during a routine maintenance operation in which two men tragically lost their lives,” said the company in a statement.
“EGA is offering the men’s families every possible support at this tragic time.”
EGA said a team of specialists is currently investigating the incident and the relevant state authorities have been notified of the incident. The firm did not mention whether the incident resulted in any loss of production or otherwise hampered operations at the site.
The firm, which celebrated reaching the 30 million metric tons of cast aluminium milestone in the spring, initially queued up an IPO for later this year. However, due in part to the turmoil set off by the Trump administration’s sanctions on Rusal, sources say the IPO has been pushed back to 2019.
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. The firm produces around 2.6 million metric tons per year of cast aluminium, placing it at the third largest ex-China smelter.