Aluminium rod mill planned at Kizad

01 November 2013

ABU DHABI government-owned group Senaat plans to build an aluminium rod mill with Ducab, a cable-making company which it owns along with the government of Dubai, the firms said.

The plan is a fresh sign of increasing industrial cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which agreed in June to merge their state aluminium producers, Emirates Aluminium (Emal) and Dubai Aluminium (Dubal), in a $15 billion deal creating the world’s fifth-largest aluminium producer.

Senaat, which is tasked by the Abu Dhabi government with diversifying the economy away from oil, jointly owns Ducab with state-owned Investment Corporation of Dubai.

The new venture, Ducab Aluminium, will build a factory producing up to 50,000 tonnes per year of aluminium rods. The plant, expected to cost around $60 million to build, will be located in the Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi (Kizad), close to an aluminium smelter run by Emal.

The companies gave no indication of when they hoped to complete the new facility but said they aimed to target export markets across the Middle East and North Africa. 



Meanwhile, Ducab held a week-long training for technicians and engineers from the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC). The training session for the first batch of 22 engineers was held at the factory premises in Abu Dhabi and Jebel Ali. It included the basics of cable systems and a demonstration of cable jointing and terminations during installation and maintenance.

A ceremony was held to award the ‘Certificate of Proficiency’ to the candidates, which was attended by senior management from both companies.

Ducab as a preferred supplier has collaborated with Adwea/ADDC on numerous infrastructure projects across Abu Dhabi by designing and delivering world-class power utility cables up to 33 kV.

In total, 65 electrical engineers and 48 technicians employed by ADDC will be participating in this course by the end of November. It was jointly designed by Ducab and ADDC with an emphasis on design, quality testing and the jointing and termination of power cables aimed at developing Emirati engineers.

Ducab managing director Andrew Shaw said: “Everyone at Ducab is delighted with this collaborative training course between Ducab and ADDC, which will contribute greatly to the knowledge base among young employees of both companies.

“Ducab is particularly pleased that national employees are being trained by this programme and contributing to the important governmental goal of Emiratisation.”

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