Successful development and deployment of top-performing, high amperage smelting technologies showcased in Abu Dhabi
UAE - Abdulla Kalban (Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer) and the executive team of the UAE's industrial giant Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC ("EGA") hosted H E Sheikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa (Chairman) and Tim Murray (Chief Executive Officer) of Aluminium Bahrain BSC (" Alba ") at EGA operating subsidiary Emirates Aluminium ("EMAL") in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi on 20 November. The focus of the visit was EGA's high amperage, best in class DX+ Technology, which is installed in the 444 reduction cells housed in EMAL Phase II (Potline 3) and was specified by Alba for its Line 6 Bankable Feasibility study in December 2012.
Before taking their guests on a tour of EMAL 's Potlines 1 & 2, where EGA's DX Technology is installed in 756 reduction cells, executives and senior managers of EGA and EMAL delivered in-depth presentations on EGA's track record for in-house development of top-performing, energy-efficient and environment-friendly reduction cell technologies. The scope covered both DX Technology and DX+ Technology. Information was also shared on the benchmark safety and start-up records notched up during the construction and commissioning stages
of EMAL Phase I and Phase II. Superb project management led to EMAL Phase I and Phase II
being fully commissioned ahead of schedule, giving earlier than planned returns on the investment; and the production yield and other performance indicators continue to exceeded expectations. Excellent safety and environmental performances have been achieved and sustained since operations began.
"We are immensely proud of EMAL , which began operating just five years ago but is already one of the world's largest aluminium smelters thanks to its annual production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes," Kalban said. "We are equally proud of our proprietary reduction cell technologies, which are operating stably on massive industrial scale. We are honoured to have had this opportunity to share the latest performance statistics of both DX and DX+ Technology with our friends from Alba ."
EGA - Emirates Global Aluminium ("EGA") is a jointly held, equal-ownership company formed by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai by combining their respective aluminium industry interests. EGA's core operating assets are Dubai Aluminium (" DUBAL ") and Emirates Aluminium ("EMAL") , whose combined annual production capacity of 2.4 million tonnes per annum ("tpa") places EGA among top five primary aluminium producers in the world, by volume. The UAE-based EGA also owns Guinea Alumina Corporation ("GAC") - strategic bauxite mine and alumina refinery development project in West Africa. In addition, EGA has plans for significant local growth and international expansion.
DUBAL , where commissioning began in 1979, operates one of the world's largest single-site primary aluminium smelters. The DUBAL complex, built on a 4.75 square kilometre site in Jebel Ali, Dubai, comprises a 1 million tpa smelter, a 2,350 MW power station (at 30˚C), a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.2 million tpa), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities. A quality-focused, customer-centred and innovation-drive organization,DUBAL holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 29990, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.
EMAL is another of the world's largest single-site primary aluminium smelters. The EMALcomplex, housed on a 6 square kilometre site in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, has been built in two phases. Phase I, which was fully commissioned by the end of 2010, is the world's largest greenfield smelter development and currently has a smelter capacity of 800,000 tpa. Commissioning of Phase II, comprising the world's single-longest potline (444 cells) with a design capacity of 520,000 tpa, began mid-September 2013. Full ramp-up was achieved mid-2014, givingEMAL an annual hot metal production capacity of 1.3 million tpa. EMAL holds ISO 9001 accreditation and Nebosh certification in Occupational Health and Safety.
The combined DUBAL - EMAL portfolio comprises high quality primary aluminium products in three main categories: high purity and foundry re-melt products (for electronics and aerospace and automotive applications respectively); rolled products (for packaging, lithographic sheets and the automotive industry); and billets for extrusion and forging (for construction, industrial, transportation and automotive purposes). Busbars and anode bars are also made for the electrolytic process used to produce primary aluminium from alumina ore. Over 350 customers are served in at least 64 countries, predominantly in Asia, Europe, the MENA region and the Americas.