EGA’s Hot Metal Road begins aluminium deliveries
Emirates Global Aluminium’s (EGA) Al Taweelah smelter has commenced deliveries of molten aluminium to customers in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) via its Hot Metal Road – the first system in the UAE to link separate industrial sites
Emirates Global Aluminium’s (EGA) Al Taweelah smelter has commenced deliveries of molten aluminium to customers in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
The deliveries are being facilitated by EGA’s Hot Metal Road, which is the first system in the UAE to link separate industrial sites.
Capable of 24-hour operations, the liquid metal transfer facility transports molten metal via overhead crane to preheated 14.5-tonne crucibles designed to keep metal in a liquid state for up to 18 hours at temperatures of 780°C. The trailer-mounted crucibles are then driven to customers.
Dr Feras Allan, senior vice president of product and casting operations at EGA, commented: “For our customers and those businesses planning to establish their operations in Kizad, receiving molten metal offers substantial operating and environmental advantages.
“This means that the Hot Metal Road is an important boost to the development of the broader aluminium industry here, creating jobs, economic opportunities, and wealth for the nation.”
Receiving aluminium in its molten form eliminates the need for companies to use high amounts of energy to re-melt it before use. The system results in cost savings and emission reductions, according to EGA.
Ducab Aluminium Company, which produces aluminium electrical wires, was the first customer to receive a delivery via the Hot Metal Road.
Eng Hassan Omar, chief operating officer of Ducab, said: “The close proximity of the new Ducab Aluminium Company plant to the world’s largest single-site aluminium smelter introduces additional efficiencies into our operations.
“The Hot Metal Road will significantly reduce re-melting costs and save energy, in line with Ducab’s environmentally responsible production policies, and allow us to develop a complementary downstream industry in both aluminium rod and conductors.”
Once all of Kizad’s planned downstream aluminium industries have been fully commissioned, EGA will deliver up to 250,000 tonnes of liquid metal per year.