GE signs agreement with Emirates Global Aluminium
Deal covers turbines that power Taweelah aluminium smelter in Abu Dhabi.
GE Power & Water has signed a long-term contractual services agreement (CSA) with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to assure seamless operations of GE’s installed base of turbines that power Taweelah, the largest single-site aluminium smelter complex, in Abu Dhabi.
The agreement builds on GE’s existing partnership with both Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL), which together have an annual production capacity that represents nearly 50 percent of the total primary aluminium producer in the GCC region.
The Taweelah smelter marks one of the first sites where GE’s 9FA gas turbines have been installed for an aluminium project globally. EMAL has a total of nine GE 9FAs and four steam turbines, which were installed in two phases.
The first phase was further upgraded with advanced Dry Low NOx (DLN) emissions technology, compressor enhancements, cooling optimization and GE’s OpFlex advanced controls software to expand gas turbine performance.
The installation of GE’s 9FA technology also helps meet EGA’s goal to reduce environmental impact from the smelter complex.
Under the deal, GE will extend the current contractual service agreement for three of its 9FA gas turbines, as well as add the maintenance and support for two 9FA standby units.
The CSA will cover requirements of spare parts, repairs and field services, which GE will provide through a dedicated team that comprises UAE Nationals.
The emission control technologies will also ensure the plant reduces its carbon footprint and meets the regulatory requirements set by the Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency.
Abdulla Kalban, managing director and CEO of EGA and Paul McElhinney, president & CEO, Power Generation Services of GE Power & Water, signed the contract at a ceremony held in Dubai.
“As a joint entity EGA is moving to the next level of growth as a top global aluminium producer with a strong commitment to the highest measures of operational efficiency and health, environment and safety standards,” said Kalban.
“GE has been a long-term partner of EMAL and DUBAL, supporting the organizations with advanced power generation equipment as well as efficient service support. The new CSA will further enable the Taweelah smelter to function seamlessly through proactive maintenance and assured reliability.”