Emirates Steel completes Phase 2 expansion

October 2012

Emirates Steel, Abu Dhabi , the only integrated steel plant in the UAE, has completed its Dh7 billion ($1.9 billion) Phase 2 expansion, taking total production capacity to 3.5 million tonnes per year (tpy).

Hussain J Al Nowais, chairman of GHC, parent company of Emirates Steel, said the eventual plan was to boost capacity to around 5.5 million tpy within the next three years.

Emirates Steel launched the two-phased, Dh10 billion expansion in January 2006, completing Phase 1 in June 2009 at a cost of Dh3 billion and more than doubling production capacity, which made it the largest UAE steel plant with capability to manufacture raw steel from iron oxide pellets.

Engineer Suhail Mubarak Athaeeth Al Ameri, Emirates Steel chairman and CEO of GHC, commented: “Having secured quality system certification to British standards, Emirates Steel is a quality certified steel producer that has demonstrated a track record of sound operating performance.”

Emirates Steel is also a leading producer of reinforcing bars (rebars), and is recognised as one of the foremost wire rod producers in the GCC region As well as finished rebar, wire rod and sections, it has capacity to produce and sell direct reduced iron as a semi-finished product.

“Steel production has been invaluable to the emirate’s progress, not only in supporting rapid construction but in accelerating the growth of non-oil-based gross domestic product, which further serves economic diversity,” Al Ameri said.

Demand for heavy sections in the Mena region continues to skyrocket, currently translating to 5.5 million tpy and could increase to 8.6 million tpy in 2020.

Engineer Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi, Emirates Steel CEO, said the company is now the sole producer of jumbo and heavy sections in the Mena region, capable of offering improved products and drastically reduced lead times in terms of piece count and cut-to-length services.

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