United Arab Emirates - Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today announced that its subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation has awarded an engineering and programme management consultancy contract for its under-construction bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa to Fluor Corporation.
The total value of contracts and purchases to be managed by Fluor is approximately $700 million.
Fluor is a global engineering company headquartered in the United States. Fluor completed the feasibility study for GAC in the second quarter of 2016.
Production is scheduled to begin ramp-up in 2018.
Bauxite is the ore from which most of the world’s aluminium is derived. The Guinea project is EGA’s first in bauxite mining, and will help secure the resources needed by the United Arab Emirate’s growing aluminium industry as well as creating a new revenue stream for EGA.
Bauxite is refined into alumina which is the feedstock for aluminium smelters. EGA is currently constructing the UAE’s first alumina smelter at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi.
The aluminium sector in the UAE employs almost 30,000 people, making it the largest employer amongst the country’s energy-intensive industries. EGA is the only producer of primary aluminium in the UAE, and supplies around 20 local downstream companies which make products with its metal.
Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The award of this contract is a major step-forward in our Guinea project, which is economically important for both Guinea and the United Arab Emirates. I am pleased with our progress in Guinea so far.”
Rick Koumouris, President of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business, said: “Fluor has worked with GAC since the preliminary phase of the project to develop a customized, capital-efficient design to meet the company’s unique business objectives. We will leverage our global expertise in marine structures, port terminals and mineral processing along with our experience in Guinea to deliver innovative design and project execution solutions that improve capital efficiency.”
Last October EGA inaugurated a container terminal facility at Kamsar Port in Guinea. This facility is being used for the export of bulk bauxite samples and the import of equipment for the GAC construction project. On the completion of construction of the project it will be handed to the state for third-party use, creating a further boost for the local economy
Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”) is a jointly-held, equal-ownership company formed by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai by combining their respective aluminium industry interests. EGA’s core operating assets are Dubai Aluminium (“DUBAL”, also known as Jebel Ali Operations) and Emirates Aluminium (“EMAL”, also known as Al Taweelah Operations), whose combined production capacity of 2.4 million tonnes per annum (“tpa”) places EGA among the top five primary aluminium producers in the world, by volume. The UAE-based EGA also owns Guinea Alumina Corporation (“GAC”), a strategic bauxite mine and alumina refinery development project in West Africa; and is currently developing an alumina refinery in the UAE. In addition, EGA has plans for significant local growth and international expansion.
Jebel Ali Operations, where commissioning began in 1979, operates one of the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelters. The Jebel Ali Operations complex, built on a 4.75 square kilometre site in Jebel Ali, Dubai, comprises a 1.05 million tpa smelter, a 2,350 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.2 million tpa), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities.
Al Taweelah Operations, where commissioning began at the end of 2009, is the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelter. The Al Taweelah Operations complex, housed on a 6 square kilometre site in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, comprises a 1.38 million tpa smelter, a 3,100 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.8 million tpa), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities.
The EGA portfolio comprises high quality primary aluminium products in three main categories: high purity and foundry re-melt products (for electronics and aerospace and automotive applications respectively); rolled products (for packaging, lithographic sheets and the automotive industry); and billets for extrusion and forging (for construction, industrial, transportation and automotive purposes). Busbars and anode bars are also made for the electrolytic process used to produce primary aluminium from alumina ore. Over 300 customers are served in at least 60 countries, predominantly in Asia, Europe, the MENA region and the Americas.
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