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EGA opens $4m spent pot lining facility in waste recycling push

Al Taweelah facility to pre-treat spent pot lining that will then be delivered to UAE cement companies as feedstock

The facility is located at EGA's Al Taweelah site in Abu Dhabi.
The facility is located at EGA's Al Taweelah site in Abu Dhabi.

In a move to boost the recycling and reuse of industrial waste, the UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has launched a $4m (AED15m) pre-treatment and crusher facility for spent pot lining (SPL) in Al Taweelah (pictured), Abu Dhabi, which is the largest structure of its kind in the Gulf.

SPL is the used inner lining of reduction cells that are used to smelt aluminium, and is considered to be a key waste stream in the aluminium industry.

The EGA facility will pre-treat SPL, which will then be used as substitute feedstock by cement companies in the UAE.

According to UAE state news agency Wam, EGA supplied 41,000 tonnes of SPL to cement companies in the UAE last year.

Commenting on the facility, chief executive officer and managing director of EGA, Abdulla Kalban, said: “I am pleased that EGA now has its own infrastructure to transform SPL into a useful industrial feedstock, securing this solution and our partnerships with UAE cement companies for the long term."

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