United Arab Emirates aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium announced yesterday the commissioning of the waste-management system at the firm’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery, which is currently under construction.
The firm said the milestone brings them ever closer to the eventual opening of the plant in its entirety, which is scheduled for the opening half of 2019.
EGA says the system will transport bauxite residue produced from alumina refining on site to a waste storage system 18 miles away via sealed trucks. The residue, which will be washed and pressed into cakes, will be stored at the site, sealed and landscaped over, and the storage area will ultimately be completely covered and used for a future industrial purpose.
Zaher Al Habtari, Senior Vice President of Refinery Operations at EGA, said that his company is committed to the responsible storage and disposal of waste materials produced at the plant.
“The responsible management of bauxite residue has been a key priority for Al Taweelah alumina refinery since the project was on the drawing board, and UAE environmental regulators rightly set tough standards. I am confident that we have a world-class storage solution in place, but our ambitions are much higher as we aim in the longer term to turn this waste into value through innovation.”
In addition to the waste system in question, EGA is continuing research into finding alternative uses for bauxite residue, partnering with American University of Sharjah, The University of Queensland, and several other universities and consultancies in such projects.
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.