UAE aluminium giant opens new shipping facility

Emirates Global Aluminium says container freight station will reduce trucking needs by 290,000km per year
UAE aluminium giant opens new shipping facility
By Staff writer
Wed 04 Apr 2018 01:55 PM

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, and Abu Dhabi Ports have opened a facility which will reduce trucking of EGA’s aluminium by over 290,000km per year, reducing costs and environmental emissions.

The new container freight station will be used to load metal into containers for transfer onto ships for export. It has been purpose built by Abu Dhabi Ports close to EGA’s Al Taweelah site to reduce the trucking distance for each consignment by approximately 17km.

Last year, EGA shipped 600,000 tonnes of aluminium from Khalifa Port, requiring over 17,000 truck movements from EGA’s site to the quayside.

Total emissions savings from shortening the journey to waiting ships are expected to be over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, which is similar to removing some 450 cars from the UAE’s roads.

Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s managing director and CEO, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve our efficiency, saving costs and protecting the environment. Relatively small changes like this can have a big impact when they are magnified by the scale of EGA’s business.”

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, added: “We are making every effort to enhance logistics efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by reducing the distance of trucks transporting aluminum from Emirates International Aluminium to the quayside, which adds value both commercially and environmentally.”

EGA exports its metal to customers in more than 60 countries around the world, using 20 different shipping lines to ship to over 70 global ports. EGA’s aluminium is the biggest made-in-the-UAE export after oil and gas.

Journey times from the UAE’s central geographic location average 25 days to southern Europe, 25 to 30 days to destinations in Asia, and 40 days to North America, enabling just in time deliveries.

EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter is one of the largest single site aluminium smelters in the world. EGA also operates a power station at Al Taweelah to generate the electricity it needs for its operations.

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