EGA ships to China, potential major market for country’s natural resources

EGA ships to China, potential major market for country’s natural resources

EGA sends first bauxite to China

With construction now fully underway, commercial production of Bauxite in Guinea is set to begin in 2018 and ramp up to 12 million tonnes of bauxite per annum

January 2017

The UAE-based Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), a leading aluminium producer in the Middle East, has announced that the first bauxite bulk sample shipment from its mine under development in the Republic of Guinea has left from the port of Kamsar, bound for bauxite customers in China.

The shipment of 55,000 tonnes is an important milestone in EGA’s programme to unlock Chinese and other markets for Guinean bauxite, said a statement from the company.

EGA is the largest industrial company in the UAE outside the oil industry. Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of EGA, is currently building a major bauxite mine in Guinea in the largest greenfield investment in that country for four decades.

With construction now fully underway, commercial production of Bauxite is set to begin in 2018 and ramp up to 12 million tonnes of bauxite per annum, it said.

As part of the project, EGA is developing additional port capacity at the port of Kamsar to allow shipping of bauxite in Capesize and Newcastlemax vessels which are substantially larger than current shipping options from the Guinean port, it added.

The use of larger vessels will make shipping to distant markets less expensive and Guinean bauxite more competitive. 

Guinea has around 7 billion tonnes of bauxite resources, over a quarter of the global total. Guinean bauxite is amongst the highest quality worldwide. EGA’s concession in Guinea contains more than 1 billion tonnes of high quality bauxite, said a statement.

China is the world’s largest bauxite importer. Global demand for high-quality bauxite, particularly in China, is expected to grow significantly over the next decade.

Abdulla Kalban, managing director and chief executive officer of EGA, said: “This shipment, and those that will follow, are important because they will demonstrate the high-quality of EGA’s Guinean bauxite to customers in key markets such as China. The GAC project, currently under construction, will support a long-term leadership position for Guinea in the global bauxite market and contribute substantially to Guinea’s gross domestic product (GDP), exports and create economic opportunities for more than 4,000 Guineans.”

More than 200 Guineans are being seconded over the next several years to EGA’s operations in the UAE to prepare them for roles at GAC. EGA is also investing to support communities near its operations in Guinea, opening community health centres, installing water wells, building schools, providing adult literacy and vocational training and protecting local fauna and flora, it stated.



Meanwhile, the UAE-based aluminium producer in the Middle East, was recently honoured with four awards at the 2016 Quality Group Continual Improvement and Innovation Symposium, held in Dubai, UAE.

The annual awards recognise the use of innovative, scientific, structured and data-driven methodologies for the continual and breakthrough improvements of an organisation’s processes.

EGA swept the Kaizen category – named after the Japanese practice of continual improvement in business – by winning gold, silver and bronze awards for its unique process innovations and contributions to the aluminium industry, said a statement from the company. It also won a bronze in the Innovations category. EGA has focused on technology development for decades, continuously improving its core aluminium smelting process, it said.

The company has applied its own in-house developed technology for each of its expansions since the 1990s. Earlier this year, EGA also became the first UAE industrial company to licence its own large-scale industrial technology internationally, in a deal with Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), it added.

EGA’s smelting innovations have enabled the company to reach global top quartile performance in cost, efficiency and environmental responsibility according to independent industry benchmarks. For example, EGA’s latest technology, DX+ Ultra, has more than double the pot productivity of the company’s original D18 technology and the energy consumed in its smelting process is amongst the lowest in the industry, said a statement.

Kalban said: “Innovation is part of our company’s DNA – we continually improve our technology stay ahead of our competition in the global aluminium industry.”

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