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EGA plant achieves key production milestone

January 2020

Emirates Global Aluminium has announced that Al Taweelah alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi has produced one million tonnes of alumina since operations began in April.

Al Taweelah alumina refinery is now expected to reach sustained production at its nameplate capacity during the first half of 2020.

The refinery is expected to produce some two million tonnes of alumina per year once full ramp-up is achieved, enough to meet 40 per cent of EGA’s alumina needs. Alumina refineries convert bauxite ore into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters.

Commenting on the achievement, managing director and CEO Abdulla Kalban said: “We are pleased with the progress so far at Al Taweelah alumina refinery and we are on track to deliver a world-class ramp-up.”

“Our preparations to operate Al Taweelah alumina refinery safely and efficiently began when the project was still on the drawing board. These plans are being effectively put into action by our operations team of global industry veterans and UAE nationals specially trained for their roles in this new industrial activity for our country,” he stated.

EGA had invested some $3.3 billion to build Al Taweelah alumina refinery with the construction taking 72 million hours of work, equivalent to one person working for over 25,000 years, he added.

The new plant contains some 9,500 instruments, 222 tanks, enough piping to stretch from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, and cabling that would reach from Abu Dhabi to Cairo. It covers an area equivalent to 200 football fields, and contains enough steel to build seven Eiffel Towers.  

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