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$3.3bn refinery starts ops to transform UAE's alumina industry

Emirates Global Aluminium announces the start-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery

$3.3bn refinery starts ops to transform UAE's alumina industry
Once full ramp-up is achieved, Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to produce some two million tonnes of alumina per year.

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, on Wednesday announced the start-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery.

Alumina is the feedstock for aluminium smelters and is refined from bauxite ore. The UAE currently imports all the alumina it needs.

Once full ramp-up is achieved, Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to produce some two million tonnes of alumina per year, replacing some imports and securing EGA’s competitive supply of this vital raw material, the company said in a statement.

Al Taweelah alumina refinery cost about $3.3 billion to develop and is located in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi. It is the first alumina refinery in the UAE and its start-up marks the beginning of alumina refining as a new industrial activity in the country.

Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s managing director and CEO, said: "The start-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery is transformative for EGA and the first of two major milestones this year as we complete our strategic growth projects upstream in the aluminium value chain.

"Al Taweelah alumina refinery, and our bauxite mining project in Guinea where construction continues, secure our supply of raw materials at competitive prices and will strengthen EGA’s business for decades ahead," he added.

Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to convert some five million tonnes of bauxite into alumina per year once full ramp-up is achieved.

Bauxite for the project will be imported from Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee in Guinea in West Africa.

EGA is also building a bauxite mine and export facilities in Guinea in another strategic growth project upstream. First bauxite exports are expected during the second half of this year and will be sold to customers around the world.

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