Production ramp-up on track at EGA unit

October 2019

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE, has announced a major milestone at its new Al Taweelah alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi, with 600,000 tonnes of alumina produced since the company began operations at the new refinery in April.

Announcing the achievement, EGA said Al Taweelah alumina refinery was expected to produce more than one million tonnes of alumina in total by the end of 2019.

During August, average daily production of alumina was 88 per cent of the alumina refinery’s nameplate capacity. Alumina refineries convert bauxite ore into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters.

EGA is importing bauxite ore to process at Al Taweelah alumina refinery from the Republic of Guinea, it added.

Once fully-ramped up, production at Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to be some two million tonnes of alumina per year, enough to meet 40 per cent of EGA’s alumina needs, it stated.

Al Taweelah alumina refinery was the first to be built in the UAE, and only the second in the Middle East. EGA had invested some $3.3 billion for its construction.

Managing director and CEO Abdulla Jassem bin Kalban said: “Ramping up production at a new alumina refinery is a complex and challenging task, and we have been preparing for the ramp-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery since before construction began.”

“We have a world-class team operating EGA’s alumina refinery, and they are making great progress on this journey,” he stated.

Some 589 people work in the operations team at Al Taweelah alumina refinery, including seasoned experts recruited from around the world and UAE nationals trained for roles in this new industrial activity for the UAE.

Kalban said preparations to operate Al Taweelah alumina refinery took more than 500,000 hours of work.

EGA began production in August at Guinea Alumina Corporation, its bauxite mining project in Guinea. Bauxite from the GAC project is shipped to third party customers around the world.

Al Taweelah alumina refinery and the GAC project expand EGA’s business upstream in the aluminium value chain.

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