GE wins $500m deals from UAE smelter expansion

Global giant sees direct, indirect contracts from EMAL for Abu Dhabi smelter complex
GE wins $500m deals from UAE smelter expansion
(Image: GE website)
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 15 Mar 2013 03:05 PM

Global giant GE has said it has received direct and indirect contracts totalling about $500m to provide equipment and long-term services for the Emirates Aluminium smelter complex in Abu Dhabi.

The project is expected to result in lower emissions, addressing the UAE's goal to achieve cleaner and more efficient industrial growth and enabling EMAL to produce aluminum with better fuel efficiency.

GE will supply gas and steam turbines, generators and a plant-wide control system for the Phase 2 expansion project that will position EMAL as one of the largest single-site aluminum producers in the world.

In addition, GE will provide its latest technology upgrades for its gas turbines currently operating Phase 1 of the EMAL complex.

"A reliable and efficient supply of power is key to the success of our mission, as electricity accounts for a significant portion of the cost of producing aluminum," said Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, EMAL president and CEO.

"GE is successfully supporting both our Phase 1 and 2 projects with advanced power generation technology, while the new service agreements for Phase 1 offer equipment upgrades to the latest and most efficient technologies."

The EMAL aluminum complex is situated in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi.

EMAL, a joint venture between Mubadala Development Co. and Dubai Aluminium, serves more than 150 customers around the globe.

"The EMAL expansion project is another example of the growing opportunities in the Middle East and worldwide where we can apply our technology for projects that use the power primarily for industrial processes," said Mohammed Mohaisen, CEO, Power Equipment and Services Sales of GE Power & Water, Middle East.

Active in the Middle East since the 1930s, GE's presence today comprises an array of projects across the region via strategic partnerships, investments and solutions, with a focus on infrastructure development and major challenges such as cleaner energy and water scarcity.

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