Emirates Global Aluminium has successfully started up DX+ Ultra reduction cell technology with a modified lining at 500kA, the first time this amperage has been achieved in the Middle East. The 500kA milestone was achieved in EGA’s Eagle research and development section in Jebel Ali. It is part of feasibility work to prepare for the potential upgrade of 458 reduction cells at EGA’s potline 3 in Al Taweelah, which has 444 DX+ and 14 DX+ Ultra pots. Pushing amperage to 500 kA is expected to boost production by five per cent compared to the current maximum operating amperage in EGA. DX+ Ultra is EGA’s latest fully-industrialised technology. In addition to potline 3 at Al Taweelah, DX+ Ultra was licensed to Aluminium Bahrain for the construction of the Bahraini company’s potline 6 expansion project which began production in 2018.In aluminium smelting, increasing amperage offers the potential to increase aluminium production, reducing the cost per tonne of building new reduction cells and improving the productivity of existing ones. The challenge is to maintain heat and magnetic stability within the reduction cell as amperage increases.