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).