UAE knowledge economy milestone as Aluminium Bahrain's new potline built with EGA technology begins production

EGA licensed its UAE-developed DX+ Ultra smelting technology to Aluminium Bahrain in commercial agreement signed in 2016


Agreement made EGA the first UAE industrial company to license its core process technology internationally

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today welcomed the start-up of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) new Potline 6, which has been built using EGA’s UAE-developed technology.

EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its core process technology internationally when the company signed a technology licensing agreement in 2016 with Aluminium Bahrain for the new potline.

EGA has developed its own aluminium smelting technology in the UAE for more than 25 years. EGA has used its own technology in every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines. EGA’s latest technology is amongst the most efficient in the global aluminium industry.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “I congratulate Alba on the start-up of Potline 6, and thank them again for selecting EGA technology as their partner of choice on this strategic expansion. Licensing EGA’s home-grown industrial technology in such a major project internationally is an important milestone in the development of a knowledge-based economy in line with ‘UAE Vision 2021’.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Alba, Tim Murray, added: Potline 6 is a transformational project for Alba as it will top our production capacity by more than 50 per cent, thus making us the largest smelter in the world.

We are very fortunate to have partnered with EGA in our project and we look forward to their continuing support as we are on course to ramp-up potline 6 production.”

As part of the technology licensing agreement, EGA has provided Aluminium Bahrain with experts from its technology development and transfer team and from Operations during the construction of Potline 6. Some 20 EGA technologists have participated in the project.

EGA hosted 21 production and maintenance staff at its sites in the UAE for hands-on training using EGA’s technology.

Aluminium Bahrain’s Potline 6 will boost the company’s annual production by 540,000 tonnes, bringing its total production capacity to 1.5 million tonnes per year. The new potline is about 1.5 kilometres long and hosts 424 reduction cells.


Contacts at EGA:

Simon Buerk

056 3111 536

Fatima Al Mutawa

050 327 7545

About EGA

Emirates Global Aluminium is equally-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

It is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside the oil and gas industry, and the largest company jointly owned by the two Emirates.

EGA’s aluminium is the second largest made-in-the UAE export after oil and gas. In 2017, EGA produced 2.6 million tonnes of cast metal. EGA is the only UAE producer and makes the UAE the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world.

EGA has more than 350 customers in over 60 countries. About 80 per cent of EGA’s production is value added products, one of the highest proportions of any aluminium company in the world.

EGA’s aluminium is primarily used in the construction, automotive, packaging, aerospace and electronics industries.

Over 10 per cent of EGA’s production is sold in the UAE to around 26 downstream aluminium companies that make products with EGA’s aluminium. The growing broader aluminium sector in the UAE already employs around 30,000 people, making it the largest employer amongst the UAE’s energy intensive industries.

EGA itself employs around 7,000 of these people including almost 1,200 UAE Nationals.

EGA has focused on technology development for over 25 years. EGA has used its own technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines. In 2016 EGA became the first UAE industrial company to licence its core industrial process technology internationally.

As a corporate citizen of the UAE, Emirates Global Aluminium aspires in all its operations to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities.

In 2017, EGA became the first Middle East headquartered company to join the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, a global programme to foster greater sustainability and transparency in the aluminium industry.

EGA was formed in 2014 through the merger of Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium.

DUBAL’s Jebel Ali aluminium smelter began production in 1979. At almost five square kilometres, EGA’s Jebel Ali site is five times bigger than Dubai Mall.

EMAL started production in 2009 and its Al Taweelah aluminium smelter was the largest single-site aluminium smelter in the world when completed. EGA’s Al Taweelah site is five times bigger than Al Maryah Island at six square kilometres.

EGA has its own power stations at both sites, producing electricity to meet its needs. EGA’s electricity generation capacity is 5,450 megawatts, making EGA the third largest electricity generator in the UAE after the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority.

EGA also produces water through desalination units at its power plants. In addition to meeting its own water requirements, EGA supplies 1.5 per cent of the water needs of Dubai as well as commercial water customers and bottlers.

Today EGA is expanding upstream and internationally to secure the natural resources the UAE’s aluminium industry needs and create new revenue streams.

EGA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation is building a bauxite mine and associated export infrastructure in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa, in one of the largest greenfield investments in that country in over 40 years.

In the UAE, EGA is building the country’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah. The project will reduce the UAE’s dependence on imported alumina and supply 75 per cent of the Al Taweelah smelter’s needs.

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