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Largest single piece of equipment arrives for EGA’s mining project in Guinea

Largest single piece of equipment arrives for EGA’s mining project in Guinea



EGA’s Guinea mine to export next year

The UAE-based aluminium giant’s subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation is developing a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in Boké province

November 2018

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, has announced that first exports from its bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, are expected during the second half of 2019.

The announcement comes as the biggest single piece of equipment for the project arrived in the country.

EGA’s subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation is developing a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in Boké province in the largest greenfield investment in Guinea in the last four decades. Bauxite is the ore from which aluminium is derived.

GAC’s stacker reclaimer weighs 1,300 tonnes and will now be installed at the company’s site in Kamsar.

When GAC’s mine is operational, the stacker reclaimer will be used to stack bauxite ore arriving at Kamsar by rail. It will also reclaim and place ore on a conveyor system for transport along GAC’s pier to waiting barges.

GAC’s stacker reclaimer weighs 1,300 tonnes and will now be installed at the company’s site in Kamsar on Guinean coast

GAC’s stacker reclaimer weighs 1,300 tonnes and will now be installed at the company’s site in Kamsar on Guinean coast

More than 3,000 people, over 80 percent Guineans, are currently building the $1.4 billion project which is expected to produce 12 million tonnes of bauxite per year.

EGA said it is expanding upstream and internationally to secure the natural resources the UAE’s aluminium industry needs, and to create new revenue streams for the company.

In addition to the GAC project, EGA is building the UAE’s first alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi which will process bauxite into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters.

Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s managing director and CEO, said: “The arrival of this huge piece of equipment in Guinea is another big step forward in the GAC project, bringing us ever closer to producing and exporting our first bauxite ore.”

“The stacker reclaimer will become a landmark in Kamsar, as it works over the decades ahead as a crucial part of our production system transforming bauxite into value for Guinea and for EGA.”

The stacker reclaimer will become a landmark in Kamsar, as it works over the decades ahead as a crucial part of our production system transforming bauxite into value for Guinea and for EGA.”

GAC has already completed the infrastructure on which the stacker reclaimer will be installed. This consists of a concrete structure that incorporates special rails, which the stacker reclaimer will move along as it stacks and reclaims ore.

The bauxite that is stacked and recovered by the stacker reclaimer will be unloaded from GAC’s rail wagons using another large piece of equipment, the car dumper. This equipment arrived in Guinea in June.

The stacker reclaimer was delivered to Kamsar port from China in 12 separate modules. Each part will now be carefully moved to GAC’s site by rail, in a process that is expected to take several days.

Once assembled the stacker reclaimer, which resembles a large crane, will be some 125 long and 25 meters high.

Once full ramp up is achieved, the project is expected to produce some 12 million tonnes of bauxite per year. Once assembled the stacker reclaimer, which resembles a large crane, will be some 125 long and 25 meters high.




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