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Construction of UAE's first alumina refinery 82% complete

Emirates Global Aluminium is developing the $3.3bn Al Taweelah refinery close to its smelter in KIZAD

Emirates Global Aluminium's Al Taweelah project is the first alumina refinery to be constructed in the UAE.
Emirates Global Aluminium's Al Taweelah project is the first alumina refinery to be constructed in the UAE.

Construction of the UAE's first alumina refinery, worth $3.3bn (AED12.1bn) is 82% complete.

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) is developing the Al Taweelah refinery close to its smelter in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD). 

Construction has been completed on the refinery's calcination process facility after more than 2.4 million hours of work, with more than 11,000 people currently working on the overall development. 

Al Taweelah's calcination process facility features two calciners, each of which are 84m long and 46m high, and with 60m-high stacks.

READ: How did the UAE's EGA save $9.8m in 2017?

Each calciner has a production capacity of 3,500t per day, and the facility will use Outotec’s Circulating Fluid Bed technology. 

No loss-time injury (LTI) was recorded during the calcination process facility's construction, with the refinery project having logged 20 million work hours without LTI. 

Al Taweelah alumina refinery will refine bauxite ore into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters.

Sequenced completion has been planned for Al Taweelah's sections, with the calcination process facility alone comprising more than 1,700 instruments, 100 motors, and 165km of cabling.

The calcination process facility's completion marks a key milestone for the project, which is expected to deliver raw materials to meet the UAE aluminium industry's needs. 

First alumina from Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected during the first half of 2019, and upon full completion, the refinery will produce around two million tonnes of alumina annually, meeting 40% of EGA's aluminium requirements. 

The project's 490-strong operations team, which includes more than 60 UAE nationals, have overseen 400,000 hours of operational readiness work completed to date, as well as 13,600 days of training.

Commenting on the project, Abdulla Kalban, managing director and chief executive officer of EGA, said: "The first completion of a major section of Al Taweelah alumina refinery is a significant milestone in the development of this huge project, which will secure for EGA the competitive supply of the feedstock for aluminium smelters.

"We continue to make good progress on the project as a whole. I congratulate everyone who has contributed to this achievement." 

 

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