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EGA completes $300m project to replace older lines in UAE
October 26, 2017
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ABU DHABI: Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that it has completed a three-year, $300 million project to replace older production lines at its Jebel Ali aluminium smelter with the company’s own UAE-developed technology, boosting production capacity and reducing costs and environmental emissions.

In a statement, EGA said that all its 2,777 reduction cells, the swimming-pool sized tanks in which aluminium is smelted, now run on home-grown technology. EGA produces one out of every 25 tonnes of aluminium made worldwide, making the UAE the world’s fifth biggest aluminium producing nation. Aluminium is the largest made-in-the-UAE export after oil and gas.

EGA has focused on innovation for over 25 years and has used its own technology for smelter expansions since the 1990s, including the construction of EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter in Abu Dhabi which was the largest in the world when built.

The 520 reduction cells at Potline 1 and Potline 3 at EGA Jebel Ali were the company’s oldest and were originally built from 1979. The new reduction cells each have the capacity to produce 20 per cent more aluminium than those they replaced, with 10 per cent less specific energy consumption to manufacture each tonne of metal.

“The new reduction cell’s technology also reduces emissions of perfluorocarbons, a greenhouse gas generated in the aluminium smelting process from anode effects, by 96 per cent,” the statement added.

The project boosts EGA’s production capacity by over 58,000 tonnes of aluminium per year. The execution of the modernisation project took six million man-hours of work, and was finished without a single Lost Time Injury.

Commenting on the announcement, Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at EGA, said, “This project to replace older reduction cells with UAE-developed technology boosts our competitiveness as one of the largest ‘premium aluminium’ producers in the world as the new reduction cells can produce more aluminium with less energy and with lower emissions. The most important achievement for me, though, was that a continuous focus on safety meant that this challenging project was completed without hurting anyone.”

WAM

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