• Expansion will increase capacity of power plant by 450-550MW
  • Companies have until 19 May to submit bids
  • Dubal is following Emal’s plans to expand its captive power plant capacity

Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) has extended the bid deadline for the contract to expand the capacity of its captive power generation facilities.

Prequalified contractors now have until 2 July for the contract to expand the capacity of its captive power plant by 450MW-550MW.

According to sources close to the project, 17 companies attended a site visit at the launch of the tender earlier this year, although it is unclear how many bidding groups have been prequalified.

In January, MEED reported that Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) had raised a $1.8bn seven-year syndicated corporate loan to help fund its investment plans.

Dubal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium.

Emirates Aluminium (Emal), the Abu Dhabi operating subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium, is also undertaking a project to boost the capacity of its captive power plant at its Emal complex in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).

Emal initially received bids in February, but asked bidders to resubmit fresh prices due to bids being too high. Emal is currently evaluating the resubmitted prices.

South Korea’s Samsung C&T recently completed work on the $625m second phase expansion of the captive power plant at the Emal complex. The expansion of the power plant has increased the capacity of the plant from 2,000MW to 3,100MW. Samsung C&T was the EPC contractor for the second phase expansion, and the US’ GE provided turbines for the project.

The second phase expansion of the Emal smelter will boost its output by 550,000 tonne a year (t/y) to 1.3 million t/y by mid-2014.