Emirates Global Aluminium recently announced that its Al Taweelah alumina refinery in the UAE has delivered sustained monthly production at or above nameplate capacity each month for the past three months. The milestone marks the completion of a world-class ramp-up of Al Taweelah alumina refinery, and was achieved within 21 months of the start of production despite the challenges of a global pandemic. Other refineries commissioned elsewhere in the past decade have taken three years or more to reach this level. The ramp-up at Al Taweelah alumina refinery has been delivered with an excellent safety performance, with zero injuries leading to time off work.
Al Taweelah alumina refinery has the capacity to produce some 2 million tonnes of alumina per year, enough to meet 40 per cent of EGA’s needs. Alumina is the main feedstock for aluminium smelters.
Al Taweelah alumina refinery’s production replaces some imports, further increasing the economic impact of the UAE’s aluminium sector which contributes some $5 billion each year to the nation’s economy and supports one in every 100 UAE jobs.
More than 570 operational workers are employed at Al Taweelah alumina refinery, including seasoned experts from around the world and Emiratis developed for roles in this new industrial activity for the UAE. Today, 67 UAE Nationals work at Al Taweelah alumina refinery, including 37 women.
Preparations to operate Al Taweelah alumina refinery, which began whilst the project was still on the drawing board, took more than 500,000 hours of work.