First unit arrives for EMAL's 1GW power expansion
Completed power upgrade will take total output to 3 GW
Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) has celebrated the arrival of the first power plant unit at its Phase II expansion project. The facility is currently undertaking a 1,000 MW expansion project that will boost capacity at the site to 3,000 MW – making it one of the largest single site power stations in the Gulf region.
“This latest construction milestone significantly progresses EMAL’s Phase II expansion plans. In keeping with EMAL’s core value of constant improvement, the new unit utilises the latest technological advances since Phase I to improve efficiency and mitigate environmental impact. It is vital that we continue to upgrade our facilities with the latest technology as it improves efficiency and maintains our competitiveness in the global aluminium market,” said EMAL President and CEO, Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei.
The upgrade, which will allow EMAL to be entirely self-sufficient in power, involves three gas and two steam turbine units. They will be equipped with an enhanced combustion system that will boost efficiency at the smelter. Cooling is set to be provided using two new cooling towers similar to Phase I, but with improvements to reduce salt dispersion.
The next two turbines are expected to be delivered in September, with the new power complex targeting a June 2014 date for the full commencement of operations.
“By partnering with contractors and third parties who share EMAL’s core values for excellence in every aspect of this landmark industrial diversification initiative, EMAL will continue to establish itself as a major new global player in aluminium production for the benefit of the Emirates in line with the leadership’s 2030 Vision,” adds Mr Yousuf Bastaki.
EMAL’s smelter at Al Taweelah currently utilises RX Reduction Cell Technology to produce 750,000 tonnes of aluminium annually. Upon completion of the Phase II power upgrade in 2014, this is set to increase to 1.3 million metric tonnes.
The Phase II project has been valued at an estimated $4.5 billion and is a key part of plans to diversify the UAE’s economy.