EGA completes expansion at Al Taweelah smelter

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Emirates Global Aluminium has completed the expansion to its Al Taweelah smelter in Abu Dhabi.

The expansion of the aluminium smelter added 66 new reduction cells to the three potlines at Al Taweelah, boosting production capacity by some 78,000 tpy of hot metal. All the new reduction cells have been built using EGA technology developed in the UAE. EGA has used its own technology in every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines. The expansion was delivered below budget and on schedule, and with no injuries causing work interruption.

Smelter expanded with benchmark cell technology

The expansion project was completed in three phases: the first phase was commissioned in April, and the second in July. The final phase saw the installation of 14 new reduction cells at Potline 3. The new reduction cells at the Potlines 1 and 2 use EGA’s DX technology, while the new reduction cells in Potline 3 use EGA’s DX+ Ultra technology. Both are amongst the most energy-efficient aluminium smelting technologies in the world.

In the first half of 2021, the company sold 1.18m tonnes of cast metal to customers in more than 50 countries. EGA produces 4 % of aluminium made worldwide.

Export of technology know-how

EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its core process technology in 2016, in a deal with Aluminium Bahrain which was a major milestone for the development of a knowledge-based economy in the UAE.

In November last year, EGA signed an agreement with NEO Aluminio Colombia that could lead to the export of its DX+ Ultra technology for the development of the South American country’s first aluminium smelter. In December 2020 it signed a series of agreements with PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) to upgrade the Indonesian company’s aluminium smelter in North Sumatra using EGA’s technological knowledge.

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