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UAE EMAL aluminium capacity boost plan on track

Company expects to triple output capacity to 700,000 tonnes by the end of 2010

UAE EMAL aluminium capacity boost plan on track
With this project, Emal is expected to be the worlds largest single site aluminium smelter complex (Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi based Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) expects to complete a capacity expansion plan that will help its current output triple to 700,000 tonnes by the end of this year, a company executive said on Tuesday.

The company produces more than 200,000 tonnes from its phase one greenfield smelter.

On the sidelines of an industry conference Yousuf Bastaki, vice president of projects at Emal told Reuters: "By December will be have all the pots ready to produce 700,000 tonnes and the actual 700,000 will be reached by the start of 2011."

He added: "There are no delays to these plans and we are on track to complete them."

Emal first started production from its $5.7 billion project located at Al Taweelha in Abu Dhabi in January.

The company is a 50-50 joint venture between Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (Dubal) and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), Abu Dhabi's investment vehicle.

Emal is expected to be the world's largest single site aluminium smelter complex with this project. The first phase will have a capacity of more than 2,000 megawatts of electricity.

The second phase will increase capacity to 1.4 million tonnes of aluminium per year and is expected to be completed in 2013-2014. (Reuters)

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