World's largest smelter job goes to Prysmian

Cables company, Prysmian, has been awarded a US $33.4 million (AED122.6 million) EPC contract by Emirates Aluminum Company (Emal) for the supply and installation of high voltage cables and systems for what is set to be the world's largest aluminium smelter facility, currently under construction in the Taweelah Area in Abu Dhabi.

DEAL: Duncan Hedditch
DEAL: Duncan Hedditch

Cables company, Prysmian, has been awarded a US $33.4 million (AED122.6 million) EPC contract by Emirates Aluminum Company (Emal) for the supply and installation of high voltage cables and systems for what is set to be the world's largest aluminium smelter facility, currently under construction in the Taweelah Area in Abu Dhabi.

Prysmian will supply 22km of 400kV cable, including one cable circuit, interconnection between the Transco network in Taweelah and the Emal smelter and 20km of 220kV cables, 21 cable circuits and connections within the Emal smelter.

The first cable connection is scheduled for the end of 2008, while the last will be energised in January 2010.

When complete, the new smelter will have a total annual capacity of 1.4 million tonnes. The initial construction management contract for the new facility was awarded to engineering firms SNC-Lavalin of Canada and Worley Parsons of Australia.

In the Middle East, Prysmian has facilities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. The most important project Prysmian is currently involved in is the construction of the submarine high voltage power connection between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority.

The company is also working on tranmission projects in Fujairah and Qatar as well as on Qatar's Ras Laffan project and the Pearl GTL. It is also providing fire protection power cables to the Burj Dubai as well as submarine medium voltage power cables to the Palm islands.

The Emal project is targeted to be the largest single site geenfield aluminium smelter in the world with associated power generation facilities at the Khalifa Industrial Port.

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