UAE's EGA provides technology for Alba's Line 6 Expansion project

Alba selected EGA’s DX+ Ultra aluminium smelting technology for the Potline 6 project following a tender award in 2016

DX+ Ultra is EGA's 10th generation technology.
DX+ Ultra is EGA's 10th generation technology.

UAE-based Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), touted as the world largest producer of premium aluminium has provided it aluminium smelting technology to Bahrain Bourse-listed Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) for its Line 6 Expansion Project, after it won a competitive international tender from Alba in 2016.

According to the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam, EGA also noted completion on the performance guarantee tests at Alba, with results exceeding its commitments under the technology transfer agreement.

The Line 6 Expansion project was inaugurated by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on 24 November, 2019.

Alba selected EGA’s DX+ Ultra technology, which is the 10th generation EGA technology, and is amongst the most efficient in the world, for the Potline 6 project.

According to EGA, the production capacity of each reduction cell is 11% higher than EGA guaranteed. Meanwhile, specific energy consumption – a measure of the electricity required to produce each tonne of aluminium – is 1% better than promised, a significant reduction in the energy-intensive smelting process.

During performance test at Alba, EGA’s technology operated at 465kA. Specific energy consumption was 12.87kWh/kg of aluminium produced.

EGA had deployed expert from the technology development and transfer team, as well as from operations at Potline 6 expansion project site, as part of the technology licensing agreement with Alba. Nearly 20 technologists had participated in the project in total.

Additionally, EGA also trained 21 staff from Alba’s production and maintenance departments at its sites in the UAE to use the technology.

Commenting on the achievement, managing director and chief executive officer of EGA, Abdulla Kalban said: "The export of EGA’s industrial technology to Alba was historic for our company and for the UAE.

Kalban added that the EGA technology was “performing even better than promised during the commercial negotiations”.

Meanwhile, Alba’s acting CEO, Ali Al Baqali, said: "We selected EGA’s smelting technology because it was the best in the world for our Potline 6. We are also pleased that the performance of EGA’s technology has exceeded our expectations."

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