Dubai Aluminium ("DUBAL") - the entirely state-owned corporation that operates the world's largest single-site aluminium smelter using pre-bake anode technology - is leveraging its Strategic Sponsorship of this year's Water Energy Technology and Environment Exhibition ("WETEX 2013") to showcase the corporation's on-going efficiency-improvement efforts which target optimised consumption of energy and water through technological innovation. Dr Maryam Mohammad Al Jallaf Al Qubaisi (Senior Manager Process Control Potrooms & Cell Lining) welcomed H H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum (President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Chairman of Emirates Airline Group, and Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy) to the DUBAL stand shortly after the latter officially opened WETEX 2013 this morning; and took advantage of the opportunity to explain DUBAL's initiatives in this area.
Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 15 to 17 April, the focus of WETEX 2013 is on the advanced technologies in the areas of energy (i.e. fossil fuel, nuclear, renewable, power generation, smart grids, efficiency, conservation); water (i.e. management, treatment, desalination, utilities); and environment (i.e. waste management, green buildings and carbon dioxide reduction solutions). Accordingly, the DUBAL stand at WETEX 2013 highlights the corporation's world-leading in-house developed DX and DX+ reduction cell technologies that, by operating at higher amperages, not only increase productivity but also reduce the impact of DUBAL's smelter operations on the environment through improved energy efficiency and minimised emission levels.
The spotlight is also being shone on DUBAL's commitment to energy conservation, specifically the fuel-efficiency enabled by the unique cogeneration configuration of the company's captive 2,350 megawatt power station (at 30°C); and its energy-saving successes achieved through implementing a combination of the initiatives mandated by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in terms of Dubai's 2030 energy conservation strategy and DUBAL's own innovations in this area. This is further endorsed by illustrating DUBAL's successful and sustained achievement of the highest standards in environmental protection, from optimizing raw material usage through effective energy-use management to minimizing environmental impact through stringent management of air emissions, effluent discharge and waste.
With a hot metal production capacity in excess of one million metric tonnes per year, DUBAL's Jebel Ali complex is the largest in the Middle East. DUBAL is internationally renowned for its premium purity, high quality products; and exports more than 88 per cent of its annual production to about 57 countries across the globe. The corporation, which is widely acknowledged as the UAE's industrial flagship, places the safety and health of its employees above other priorities. DUBAL also owns 50 per cent of Emirates Aluminium ("EMAL") in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, where the first phase of construction is complete and has been operating at full capacity of since the end of 2010. Construction of EMAL Phase II, which will increase EMAL's total production capacity to 1.3 million metric tonnes per year, began mid-2011. In addition, DUBAL holds shares in joint venture upstream development projects in the bauxite/alumina and calcined petroleum coke sectors.