Larsen & Toubro wins packages on alumina refinery

22 June 2015

Indian group awarded work on Abu Dhabi metals project

India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the tankages package of a greenfield alumina refinery proposed in Abu Dhabi.

The contract was awarded by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), which is planning to build a $3bn refinery at its site in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).

“The scope involves engineering, procurement, fabrication, erection and associated works for the tankages package,” L&T said in a statement.

The firm announced the award as part of a group order worth Rs1,507 crore ($237m), which also includes the installation of a slab caster in Bokaro, India.

The alumina refinery will be built in two phases, each with a capacity to produce 2 million tonnes a year (t/y) of aluminium.

A consortium of UAE-based Petrofac Emirates and US group Bechtel won the contract to provide EPC management for the main refinery, MEED revealed in October 2014.

The proposed refinery will process imported bauxite to extract alumina (aluminium oxide), which is then used as a raw material to produce primary aluminium in a smelter.

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