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Finnish firm designs potential Abu Dhabi smelter

Dubal, Mubadala carrying out feasibility study into alumina smelter

If built, the alumina refinery would serve existing UAE smelters producing aluminium for export
If built, the alumina refinery would serve existing UAE smelters producing aluminium for export

Finnish company Outotec has UAE been awarded a contract by Mubadala and Dubai Aluminium is to provide a license and design support for a potential new alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

The company said that Mubadala and Dubal had placed the order to secure access to its alumina digestion technology that it had jointly developed with fellow engineers Hatch, which would be used as the basis for a feasibility study into a potential greenfield alumina refinery which would serve its own smelters.

An Outotec/Hatch Integrated Digestion and Evaporation Facility has already been installed in the huge Ma'aden aluminium smelter built at Ras Al Khor in Saudi Arabia under a €50m ($65.9m) contract awarded in 2010.

"We are delighted that Mubadala and DUBAL chose the unique Outotec-Hatch alumina digestion technology for their assessment," said the head of Outotec's metals, energy & water business, Robin Lindahl.

"As our mission is sustainable use of Earth's natural resources, we are very proud to be involved in this feasibility study."




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