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UAE EMAL aluminium capacity boost plan on track

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

November 9, 2010 3:46 by



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.

“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,” Yousuf Bastaki, vice president of projects at Emal told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry conference.

“There are no delays to these plans and we are on track to complete them,” he added.

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.

(Reporting by Amena Bakr; Editing by Humeyra Pamuk)



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