UAE: EGA's $3bn alumina refinery near completion

The refinery is only the second to be built anywhere in the Middle East, and sees the UAE expanding upstream in the aluminium value chain

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Emirates Global Aluminium’s $3bn (AED11bn) Al Taweelah alumina refinery, is currently nearing completion, with construction 60% over for the Calciners section of the project.

With overall completion of the project currently at 37%, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery is currently one of the largest industrial construction sites in the UAE, with 5,900 people working on site. Peak construction manpower is expected to be more than 10,000.

The refinery is only the second to be built anywhere in the Middle East, and sees the UAE expanding upstream in the aluminium value chain. The plant will refine bauxite ore into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters. Some five million tonnes of bauxite ore will be imported each year from the Republic of Guinea to feed the Al Taweelah alumina refinery.

The Al Taweelah alumina refinery is located next to EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter, one of the largest single-site aluminium smelters in the world, in the Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

Construction of the Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2018, as the refinery will be capable of producing two million tonnes per year of alumina, some three-quarters of the alumina needs of the Al Taweelah smelter.

The Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to create almost 600 permanent jobs, including nearly 100 supervisory, engineering, technical and professional roles that are ear-marked for UAE Nationals.

Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s managing director and chief executive officer, said: “We are creating an aluminium value chain for the UAE, and our partners such as Guinea, that stretches around the world. Al Taweelah alumina refinery is an important link in that chain. It creates jobs, economic opportunity and scope for further industrial development both at home and abroad. I am pleased that the project, and Outotec’s part in it, is proceeding so well.”

EGA’s executive vice president for upstream, Yousuf Bastaki, added: “The Al Taweelah alumina refinery is a major investment by EGA in the future of the UAE’s aluminium industry. Producing alumina in Abu Dhabi, and mining bauxite in Guinea, will enable us to manage the cost of this important resource. That means the potential of the aluminium industry to contribute to the growth of our economy will be secured.”

Markku Teräsvasara, chief executive officer of Outotec, said: “We are proud that Outotec was offered the opportunity to participate in this important project and are working hard to live up to the trust that the UAE has placed in us.”

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