Fives will supply highly-automated, multi-functional overhead cranes for the Jebel Ali aluminum smelter in a step towards full automation of cranes used for reduction cell tending and securing operations for decades ahead. EGA is replacing 16 cranes that have completed their 25-year useful lives with just 14 new models that incorporate auto-positioning and advanced sensing capabilities. The increased automation capabilities of the new cranes will improve safety, efficiency and reliability. The technology brings closer EGA’s future ambition of operating cranes remotely from a central control room and ultimately fully-autonomous crane operation. The first new crane is expected to be delivered before the end of 2023 with all 14 new cranes in operation by the beginning of 2025. Reduction cell tending cranes at EGA perform complex tasks including anode replacement and metal tapping in a harsh environment with high heat and magnetism. Each crane weighs over 100 tonnes.