Emirates Global Aluminium has announced the start-up of the first expansion phase at the company’s Al Taweelah aluminium smelter.
The first expansion phase at the smelter comprises 26 new reduction cells at Potline 1, which are now being ramped up to produce around 30,000 tpy of hot metal.
In total EGA is building 66 new reduction cells to extend all three potlines at Al Taweelah. The project will increase production capacity at the smelter by some 78,000 tpy. The start-up of the extension to Potline 2 and then Potline 3 will take place later this year. Overall project completion stands at 70 %, on schedule despite the challenges of Covid-19.
Start-up of the smelter expansion increases EGA’s total number of reduction cells to 2,803
The start-up of the 26 cells takes EGA’s total number of reduction cells in both Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah to 2,803. EGA makes one-in-every 25 tonnes of aluminium produced worldwide. The new reduction cells in Potline 1 and 2 are EGA’s DX technology, whilst the new reduction cells in Potline 3 are EGA’s DX+ Ultra technology. Both technologies are amongst the most energy-efficient in the world.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, chief executive of EGA, said: “This project to expand our production at Al Taweelah is part of our ongoing debottlenecking of production and investment in high return growth opportunities. The world requires aluminium to build back better after Covid-19, and this expansion will enable us to supply even more of the metal we all need.”
Some 950 people are currently working on the expansion project, with over 2.1m hours of work completed so far with a world-class safety performance: there have been zero injuries leading to time off work.