By Andy Sambidge
Phase two of Al Taweelah smelter will almost double production capacity to 1.3m metric tonnes
Aluminium giant Emal said on Monday it has awarded contracts worth more than $700m as part of plans to expand its Al Taweelah smelter.
Phase two of the project will almost double production capacity to 1.3 million metric tonnes and will involve building the world's longest ever smelting line covering 1.7km.
Saaed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, president and CEO of Emal, said: "The award of these contracts is an important step forward. The range of global suppliers applying to work with us shows that Emal is a major player in the industry. We have secured world-leading suppliers to ensure that Emal moves forward in line with our ambitious business plan."
The most significant contract has been signed with SLII (SNC Lavalin) to carry out engineering, procurement and construction management at the plant which is essential if Emal is to meet its target of achieving production in the first quarter of 2014.
Al Mazrooei added: "Our target to achieve full production by 2014 depends on the successful execution of these contracts. We are confident that we have engaged the best partners with the best technology and will get the best outcome."
Last month, Abu Dhabi-based Emal said it received approval from its board for a $4.5bn investment the smelter expansion.
Emal is a 50-50 joint venture between Dubai Aluminium Company Ltd (Dubal) and Mubadala Development Co Mubadala), Abu Dhabi's investment vehicle.
The company, which supplies customers in 36 countries, first started production from its $5.7 billion project located at Al Taweelha in Abu Dhabi in January 2010.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.