Emirates Aluminium (Emal) has awarded a contract to South Korea’s Samsung C&T to build a 1,023MW combined-cycle power plant in Abu Dhabi. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract is worth $600m.

Electricity from the project will be used to power the second phase of the Emal aluminium smelter. The latest phase will have a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes.

Samsung C&T will oversee everything from design, purchasing, construction to trial operation. The construction will take 33 months and the estimated completion date is June 2014.

Samsung C&T previously worked with France’s GDF Suez on the construction of the Shuweihat S2 independent water and power project (IWPP) in Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company (Adwea).

The first phase of the smelter has a capacity of 700,000 tonnes of aluminium a year. Canada’s SNC Lavalin and Australia’s WorleyParsons were the joint engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractors on Emal’s first captive power project, which had a capacity of 2,000MW. The US’ GE supplied equipment for the plant.