GE wins EMAL contracts worth $500m
Power giant set to supply equipment and services to Phase 2 expansion
GE has announced that it has agreed contracts with the Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) smelter in Abu Dhabi worth around US $500 million. The contracts, which involve equipment supplies and long-term services, are aimed at lowering emissions and increasing fuel efficiency at the plant.
“A reliable and efficient supply of power is key to the success of our mission, as electricity accounts for a significant portion of the cost of producing aluminium. GE is successfully supporting both our Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects with advanced power generation technology, while the new service agreements for Phase 1 offer equipment upgrades to the latest and most efficient technologies,” said EMAL CEO and president, Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei.
Under the deals, GE is set to supply gas and steam turbines, generators and a plant-wide control system for the expansion project. The firm will also upgrade the gas turbines already in use at Phase 1, including the use of its DLN 2.6+ combustion technology, which the firm says is expected lower nitrogen oxide emissions and expand turbine lifespan.
The EMAL Phase 2 project is set to have a generating capacity of over 1 GW, when completed by EPC firm Samsung C&T. GE is supplying three Frame 9F 3-series gas turbine generators and two SC5 steam turbine generators as part of this project.
“The EMAL expansion project is another example of the growing opportunities in the Middle East and worldwide where we can apply our technology for projects that use the power primarily for industrial processes. The advanced GE technology and services packages meet EMAL’s growing business goals, as well as the UAE’s overall goals for industrial production,” said Paul Browning, CEO and president of thermal products at GE Power & Water.
A separate contractual service agreement will see GE deliver long-term maintenance support for gas turbines in use at both Phase 1 and Phase 2.