EGA: Al Taweelah produced one million tonne alumina since April'19

UAE's aluminium smelter says Al Taweelah refinery is expected to produce two million tonnes of alumina upon full ramp-up

The Al Taweelah refinery commenced production in April.
The Al Taweelah refinery commenced production in April.

UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has revealed that the company’s Al Taweelah refinery has produced one million tonnes of alumina since the commencement of production in April 2019, following construction completion of the plant at a cost of $3.3bn (AED12.1bn).

The UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam reported that the Al Taweelah refinery is expected to reach sustained production at its nameplate capacity in the first half of 2020. Once full ramp-up is achieved, the refinery is anticipated to produce two million tonnes of alumina each year, which is set to meet 40% of EGA’s alumina needs.

Al Taweelah refinery is home to 9,500 instruments, 222 tanks, and piping network that could stretch from Abu Dhabi to Oman’s Muscat, in addition to cabling network that would reach Abu Dhabi to Cairo in Egypt. Additionally, the plant covers an area spanning 200 football fields, with steel that could build seven Eiffel Towers.

EGA said that construction of the refinery was completed following 72 million hours of work, which is equivalent to one person working for over 25,000 years.

Commenting on the production milestone, managing director and chief executive officer of EGA, Abdulla Kalban, said: "Our preparations to operate Al Taweelah alumina refinery safely and efficiently began when the project was still on the drawing board. These plans are being effectively put into action by our operations team of global industry veterans and UAE Nationals specially trained for their roles in this new industrial activity for our country."

Kalban added that EGA is plant “on track to deliver a world-class ramp-up” with the Al Taweelah refinery.

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