Since 1990, Emirates Global Aluminium’s technology development has more than doubled the size of cell that is technically and commercially viable. Our technology development, and earlier work started in 1980, has reduced the amount of electricity required to produce each tonne of aluminium by 37.5 per cent, improving both cost and environmental performance.
EGA’s latest technology, DX+ Ultra, has more than double the productivity of our first D18 technology developed in 1990 from the original technology used to build our Jebel Ali smelter.
EGA has developed and industrialised eight reduction technologies in greenfield projects and brownfield retrofits. We have used our own technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s, and have retrofitted all our older production lines. All 2,843 reduction cells at EGA use EGA technology.
Earlier last decade, we decided to start licensing our technology to other aluminium companies. In addition to delivering revenue, technology licensing creates further opportunities to industrialise EGA’s innovations, which strengthens continuous technology development processes for the interest of the company and our technology customers.
In 2016, EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its core process technology internationally, in a deal with Aluminium Bahrain.
EGA licenses two flagship technology products - DX+ Ultra reduction technology, and our innovative Pot Control System (PCS). In addition, EGA provides technologies and services to support upgrades to existing smelters.
To date, we have licensed technology for more than half a million tonnes of installed smelting capacity, outside the United Arab Emirates.