The local Ducab Aluminium has floated the tender on its proposed $60m aluminium rod and conductor plant project at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).

The plant will have the facility to produce 50,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of cables and electrical conductors using molten aluminium supplied by the Emirates Aluminium (Emal) smelter located nearby. The two companies entered a supply agreement in March 2014.

Ducab has asked interested contractors to submit commercial engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids in the first week of July, with a deal expected to be awarded in the third quarter of the year, according to industry sources.

US-based Ted Baker Engineering Group has been appointed as the lead consultant for the project.

Ducab Aluminium is a joint venture of Dubai-based cable manufacturing group Ducab and Abu Dhabi’s state owned industrial conglomerate Senaat.

Products will include electrical-conductive (EC) grade and aluminium alloy rods, wires and bare overhead conductors.

Ducab Aluminium’s scheme is one of several metals projects going ahead at Kizad, as Abu Dhabi looks to expand its industrial sector through downstream manufacturing.

Late last year, Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company (Talex) awarded an estimated $160m contract to Italy’s Bruno Presezzi for the construction of an aluminium extrusions plant to produce 50,000 t/y of aluminium extrusion products.