Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium merged in April 2014 and now operate under the Emirates Global Aluminium brand
The UAEs Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) employs about 6,750 people, 20 per cent of whom are nationals. Its two aluminium operations are forecast to make a direct contribution of $3bn to the countrys GDP by 2020, with gross exports of $7bn.
Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) was the UAEs first aluminium smelter. Located in Jebel Ali, construction began in 1976. Production began in January 1980. The smelter had three potlines and a capacity of 135,000 tonnes a year (t/y).
The facility has been expanded into one of the worlds largest single-site aluminium smelters. Its smelter today has a capacity of 1 million t/y and its cast house 1.2 million t/y. The site also includes a carbon house, a 2,350MW power plant, a desalination plant and a dock.
The first phase of the Emirates Aluminium (Emal) site began operating ahead of schedule in 2009, while phase two started up in mid-2014.
Emal has three potlines and a hot metal capacity of 1.32 million t/y. Its cast house can handle 1.8 million t/y, the carbon facility has a greenmill capacity of 1.08 million t/y and 700,000 t/y of baked anodes.
In October 2014, a consortium of UAE-based Petrofac Emirates and US group Bechtel won a contract to build a $3bn alumina refinery in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.
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