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EAG to expand operations from bauxite mining to aluminium refining & other fields globally

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013

Emirates Aluminium Global, or EAG, which is under formation, is aiming to become an international aluminium conglomerate with interests from bauxite mining to aluminium refining and carbon production, a top official said.

EAG will be an organisation which will comprise of several umbrella companies operating in different segments within the Aluminium industry at global scale, said Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, the president and chief executive officer of Emirates Aluminum, or Emal, while talking to reporters.

Hinting EAG’s plans, Al Mazrooei said EAG will run mega projects like Shaheen, an aluminium refinery, in addition to bauxite explorations in New Guinea and investment in carbon production in China.

He said there would be many companies with plans to expand on global level once EAG is established.

About the merger between Emal and Dubai Aluminium, or Dubal, Al Mazrooei termed it as a family already, maybe not on books. Emal’s marketing and procurements is managed by Dubal, which also provides training to its staff along with the technology, he added.

Dubal and Emal have a 2.3 million metric tonne capacity, out of which 150,000-200,000 metric tonnes is sold locally and the rest is exported.

Emal’s production, which is 800,000 metric tonnes, will get a huge boost in May next year when three of its production lines would be up and running to produce 1.3 million metric tonnes.

Speaking on the prospects of Phase III, Yousuf Bastaki, vice-president for projects, said that there is enough room for further expansion of a production line, but stakeholders have not yet taken any decision on it.

As part of expansion in its $4.5 billion Phase II project, he said “we are aiming at cost-saving” that cannot be quantified at the moment.

The Abu Dhabi smelter in its expansion has expanded its electric power generation capacity by 1,000MW to 3,000MW, which is equal to the one third of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s total generation capacity, said Bastaki.

Giving details on its power plant, he said it consists of five turbines in total, including three gas-run and two steam-run. The gas-run turbines will be ready by October, while the two machines that run on steam will start commercial generations by January and February next year, respectively, he added.

Emal has hooked up its electricity generation system with the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority’s power grid, which will enable it to import or export 500MW of electricity as and when required.

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