EGA signs agreement with Gulf Cement to create value from waste

EGA to directly supply 27,000 metric tonnes of spent pot lining by 2020 for use in cement manufacturing


United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has signed an agreement with Gulf Cement Company to supply a by-product from aluminium smelting over the next three years for use in cement manufacturing.

Although EGA has been supplying spent pot lining to the cement industry for EGA since 2010, the agreement is the first directly between EGA and a cement company rather than via specialist third party pre-processors.

EGA is building facilities at its Al Taweelah site to process spent pot lining so it is delivered ready to be used by cement companies as an alternative fuel and raw material.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “This direct agreement with Gulf Cement Company is a milestone in our drive to turn our byproducts into value by using them as feedstock for other industries. Finding economic uses for waste contributes to the achievement of ‘UAE Vision 2021’ environmental and economic goals and will benefit both our companies. We are glad to be working with Gulf Cement Company on this important project for the industrial sector in the UAE.”

His Highness Sheikh Kayed Bin Omar Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of Gulf Cement Company, said: “Gulf Cement Company is a global player adopting the latest technology and we are indeed pleased to promote the utilisation of waste materials in order to preserve natural resources and protect the environment we all live in. As a market leader providing sustainable, high quality products meeting international standards, Gulf Cement Company looks forward to successfully implementing this agreement with EGA over the years ahead.”

Spent pot lining is the used inner lining of aluminium smelting pots, which is worn out and replaced every four to five years. It contains both carbon, which is an alternative fuel, and refractory materials that survive the firing process and become part of the finished cement.

Last year EGA supplied more spent pot lining to the UAE’s cement industry than it produced. EGA has been supplying Gulf Cement Company with spent pot lining via third parties for testing since 2015.

Globally, the aluminium industry produces more than one million tonnes of spent pot lining each year according to industry experts, and much is stored indefinitely. EGA has stockpiles of spent pot lining from previous years which will be gradually supplied to the cement industry.

Under the new agreement, EGA will deliver 2,000 metric tonnes of spent pot lining to Gulf Cement Company in 2018.  In 2019, the volumes will increase to 10,000 metric tonnes, followed by 15,000 metric tonnes in 2020.

Gulf Cement Company manufactures cement products to international standards (ASTM & BS EN Specifications) and has been the biggest exporter in the Gulf region for four decades, in part by adopting best practice in the protection of the environment. Gulf Cement Company operates the world’s biggest waste heat recovery-based power plant at a single site, which reduces its carbon dioxide emissions by up to 200,000 tonnes per year.  Gulf Cement Company’s measurement of the carbon footprint of its products is certified by Carbon Trust, UK, enabling Gulf Cement Company to use the Carbon Trust Carbon Footprint Label.


Contacts at EGA:

Simon Buerk 

056 3111 536

Fatima Al Mutawa 

050 327 7545

Sahar Farhat 

050 1213 420

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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