UAE knowledge economy milestone as Aluminium Bahrain’s new potline built with EGA technology begins production
EGA licensed its UAE-developed DX+ Ultra smelting technology to Aluminium Bahrain in commercial agreement signed in 2016
Agreement made EGA the first UAE industrial company to license its core process technology internationally
United Arab Emirates, 26 December 2018: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today welcomed the start-up of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) new Potline 6, which has been built using EGA’s UAE-developed technology.
EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its core process technology internationally when the company signed a technology licensing agreement in 2016 with Aluminium Bahrain for the new potline.
EGA has developed its own aluminium smelting technology in the UAE for more than 25 years. EGA has used its own technology in every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines. EGA’s latest technology is amongst the most efficient in the global aluminium industry.
Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “I congratulate Alba on the start-up of Potline 6, and thank them again for selecting EGA technology as their partner of choice on this strategic expansion. Licensing EGA’s home-grown industrial technology in such a major project internationally is an important milestone in the development of a knowledge-based economy in line with ‘UAE Vision 2021’.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Alba, Tim Murray, added: Potline 6 is a transformational project for Alba as it will top our production capacity by more than 50 per cent, thus making us the largest smelter in the world.
We are very fortunate to have partnered with EGA in our project and we look forward to their continuing support as we are on course to ramp-up potline 6 production.”
As part of the technology licensing agreement, EGA has provided Aluminium Bahrain with experts from its technology development and transfer team and from Operations during the construction of Potline 6. Some 20 EGA technologists have participated in the project.
EGA hosted 21 production and maintenance staff at its sites in the UAE for hands-on training using EGA’s technology.
Aluminium Bahrain’s Potline 6 will boost the company’s annual production by 540,000 tonnes, bringing its total production capacity to 1.5 million tonnes per year. The new potline is about 1.5 kilometres long and hosts 424 reduction cells.