Ducab unveils expansion scheme

11 April 2003
Dubai Cable Company (Ducab) announced on 7 April a major expansion programme aimed at increasing its copper processing capacity to 60,000 tonnes a year (t/y) from 35,000 t/y. Estimated to cost a total of AED 125 million ($34 million), the programme calls for the construction of a greenfield factory at the Mussafah industrial area in Abu Dhabi and the addition of 5,000 t/y of new capacity at Ducab's existing plant at Jebel Ali.

To be owned by Ducab (Abu Dhabi), the new Musaffah plant will produce low-voltage power cables and related products and have capacity to use 20,000 t/y of copper. The project will involve the construction of processing lines, storage facilities and associated civil works. It is due to be completed by November 2004 and will be built over 90,000 square metres. A consultancy tender to cover all the civil works is due to be issued by mid-May.

The decision to build a new plant in Abu Dhabi underlines the market's growing importance to Ducab. In January, it was awarded a AED 60 million ($16 million) contract to supply 33-kV cables to substations in Abu Dhabi. Ducab is a 50:50 joint venture between the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi (MEED 31:1:03).

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