Float glass award nears

24 June 2005
Italy's Ianua Engineering is in final negotiations for the estimated $200 million lump-sum turnkey contract to build the proposed Emirates Float Glass plant in Abu Dhabi Industrial City in Mussafah. An award is expected by mid-July with work scheduled to begin by mid-September (MEED 20:5:05).

The project, a joint venture between Dubai Investments (DI)and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC), calls for the construction of a glass facility covering an area of about 200,000 square metres. The scheme will have capacity to produce 160,000 tonnes a year of architectural and automotive glass converted from sand and raw materials into glass sheets. US-based PPG Industrieshas been awarded the equipment supply contract.

The plant will include a furnace, refiner, forming machine, cooling plate, cold end sprays, packaging network and other associated facilities. The plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2006.

A team of Ernst & Youngand KPMGis acting as financial and legal consultant. The client is also looking to appoint a project manager by September. Emirates Float Glass, which has paid-up capital of AED 367 million ($100 million), is looking to bring in more investors with a view to reducing DI's stake in the company to about 26 per cent.

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