EGA seconds 10 young Emirati engineers to Saudi
Emirates Global Aluminium has seconded 10 young UAE national engineers to Ma’aden, Saudi Arabia, to gain experience ahead of the inauguration of its $3bn Al Taweelah plant
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has seconded 10 of its young Emirati engineers to Ma’aden, Saudi Arabia.
The cohort will spend five months in the kingdom in a bid to gain relevant experience ahead of the inauguration of EGA’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE plant, which has been developed at a cost of $3bn (AED11bn), will be the second of its kind in the Middle East, and is due to commence production in 2018.
During the course of 2017, a total of 27 UAE nationals from EGA will be seconded to Ma’aden, which is currently the only alumina refinery operating in the Middle East.
Commenting on the secondment programme, Zaher Ghanem, senior vice president of EGA’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery, said: “EGA has developed deep local engineering experience in aluminium smelting since the 1970s.
“At the Al Taweelah alumina refinery, we need to develop that local experience from scratch, and we are grateful to our friends at Ma’aden for their support.”
The Al Taweelah plant is the largest project currently underway within the UAE’s aluminium sector. Ultimately, it is anticipated that the facility will create 600 jobs through direct employment.
EGA has stated that its Al Taweelah alumina refinery is targeting 25% Emiratisation at a supervisory level. Those seconded to Ma’aden will take up positions related to production, maintenance, and process engineering, as well as in the plant’s laboratory.
The facility will be capable of producing two million tonnes of alumina per year, enough to meet 75% of its smelter’s requirement, and 40% of EGA’s overall demand.
Once production has commenced, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to contribute $270m (AED1bn) per year to the UAE’s gross domestic product.