UAE – Mubasher: Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) announced that production at its new Al Taweelah alumina refinery achieved nameplate capacity from bauxite to alumina for June.
This marks another step in the ramp-up of the plant, where alumina production began 14 months ago, in April last year, according to a company statement.
Al Taweelah project is the first alumina refinery in the UAE and it was built at a cost of around $3.3 billion.
The nameplate capacity of the plant is about 2 million tonnes of alumina per year, which the company says is enough to meet 40% of its alumina needs, thus replacing some imports.
Alumina is the feedstock for aluminium smelters.
“We began preparing for operations back in October 2013, when Al Taweelah alumina refinery was still on the drawing board. Our careful planning has enabled us to deliver a world-class ramp-up of this important project and I congratulate every member of the team for their contribution to this benchmark achievement,” said Zaher Alhabtari, Executive Vice President Upstream and Capital Projects at EGA.
“We are now focused on the next milestone, which is three consecutive months of production at nameplate capacity,” Alhabtari added.
EGA is the largest industrial company in the UAE outside of the oil and gas industry.