EGA, Mubadala & Dubal Start Power Plant in UAE
Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, Mubadala and Dubal Holding today successfully
Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, Mubadala and Dubal Holding today successfully completed a major milestone with the first firing of the Siemens Energy H-class gas turbine at a new AED 1 billion state-of-the-art power plant under development at EGA’s Jebel Ali site. The Siemens Energy H-class gas turbine, a leading technology in efficient power generation, is the heart of the new power plant. Over the coming months, other facilities of the plant will be completed and integrated to achieve a generation capacity of over 600 megawatts of electricity. Full completion of the project is expected in the summer.
The new power block at EGA is being developed by JA Power & Water Co, a joint venture formed by Mubadala and Dubal Holding. EGA intends to buy power from the joint venture for 25 years following commissioning.
Use of the H-class gas turbine will further improve the efficiency of power generation at EGA, saving natural resources and reducing costs and environmental emissions.
The installation of an H-class turbine aligns with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint of power generation by 70 per cent and to increase energy efficiency by 40 per cent.
The new power block is expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions from EGA's power-generation and aluminium-smelting operations at Jebel Ali by some 10 percent, the equivalent of planting more than 17 million trees each year. NOx emissions are expected to decrease by as much as 58 percent. NOx is also emitted by motor vehicles and is amongst a group of emissions targeted for reductions under ‘UAE Vision 2021’ to improve local air quality. The NOx emissions reductions expected as a result of the new power block are equivalent to removing more than 850,000 cars from the road.
The project is the first time a Siemens Energy H-class gas turbine has been deployed in the global aluminium industry.