Emirates Global Aluminium says Al Taweelah refinery is expected to produce more than one million tonnes of alumina by the end of 2019
Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE, on Saturday announced a milestone at its new Al Taweelah alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi, with 600,000 tonnes of alumina produced since its launch in April.
Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to produce more than one million tonnes of alumina in total by the end of 2019.
During August, average daily production of alumina was 88 percent of Al Taweelah alumina refinery’s nameplate capacity, the company said, adding that once fully-ramped up, production is expected to be two million tonnes of alumina per year, enough to meet 40 percent of EGA’s alumina needs.
Abdulla Kalban, managing director and CEO of EGA, said: “Ramping up production at a new alumina refinery is a complex and challenging task, and we have been preparing for the ramp-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery since before construction began.”
Alumina refineries convert bauxite ore into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters. EGA is importing bauxite ore to process at Al Taweelah alumina refinery from the Republic of Guinea.
EGA also began production in August at Guinea Alumina Corporation, its bauxite mining project in Guinea. Bauxite from the GAC project is shipped to third party customers around the world.
Al Taweelah alumina refinery was the first to be built in the UAE, and only the second in the Middle East.
EGA invested $3.3 billion to build the refinery which covers an area equivalent to 200 football fields, and contains enough steel to build seven Eiffel Towers.