UAE giants ink deal to develop Dubai power, desalination plant

Emirates Global Aluminium, Mubadala and Dubal Holding to sign an agreement to develop desalination plant at EGA's smelter at Jebel Ali
UAE giants ink deal to develop Dubai power, desalination plant
The joint venture will install a combined cycle power facility at EGA’s Jebel Ali site capable of generating over 600 megawatts of electricity.
By Sam Bridge
Tue 18 Dec 2018 01:58 PM

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Mubadala and Dubal Holding are to sign an agreement to develop a new power block and a water desalination plant at EGA’s smelter at Jebel Ali in Dubai.

The new facilities will improve the efficiency of power for EGA’s aluminium smelting, reducing environmental emissions and natural gas consumption, a statement said.

Mubadala and Dubal Holding are to establish a joint venture to develop the new facilities while EGA intends to buy the facility’s output for 25 years following commissioning, it added.

EGA is the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, and is jointly owned by Mubadala and Dubal Holding.

The joint venture will install a combined cycle power facility at EGA’s Jebel Ali site capable of generating over 600 megawatts of electricity.

The shareholders of the joint venture have signed an agreement with Siemens to install the UAE’s first combined cycle H-class gas turbine, a leading technology in efficient power generation.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of Dubal Holding and vice chairman of EGA, said: “Our project includes a combined cycle power facility and a reverse osmosis water desalination plant that support the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071.”

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of Dubal Holding, added: “This builds on our investment partnership with Mubadala, following the successful establishment of EGA itself. This project is expected to improve the overall power efficiency at Jebel Ali smelter and I look forward to further improvements in the near future.”

Once the project is complete, five older, smaller and less efficient turbines at EGA Jebel Ali will be put on standby for use only in emergencies.

The new, more efficient power facility is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from EGA’s power generation at Jebel Ali by some 10 percent.

EGA requires electricity for aluminium smelting and other industrial operations. EGA runs captive power plants at its sites in Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah with a current combined generating capacity of 5,450 megawatts, making the company the largest power producer in the UAE after DEWA and ADWEA.

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