SNC scoops more Dubal work

16 September 2005
Dubai Aluminum Company (Dubal)has awarded Canada's SNC Lavalinthe engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract on the estimated $285 million expansion of its Jebel Ali smelter. The project, called potline 7b, will add 100,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of capacity to the seventh potline, taking total capacity to 861,000 t/y (MEED 12:8:05).

The scope of works calls for the addition of 128 pots to the current 120 cells at the seventh potline. The expansion will also add a further 36 pots to the ninth potline, which was completed in 2003 with 212 cells. Plans also include the installation of a technology fume treatment system at a cost of about $30 million.

The first tenders are due out imminently, with construction scheduled to begin by the end of September. Commissioning is due by the fourth quarter of 2006. SNC Lavalin has already been working on the expansion of the seventh potline. According to officials at Dubal, two further phases to increase capacity are also in the planning stage.

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