Inauguration of Ducab Aluminium Company, which makes aluminium rods and overhead conductors using EGA’s aluminium, is another milestone in growth of UAE’s aluminium industry
United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today welcomed the official inauguration of Ducab Aluminium Company (DAC) as the latest company to join the country’s aluminium sector and the aluminium cluster in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
DAC, a factory that manufactures aluminium rods and overhead conductors, was officially inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, in a ceremony held in KIZAD.
Although EGA’s aluminium is the second biggest ‘made-in-the-UAE’ export, an increasing proportion of EGA’s production is sold locally. There are 26 downstream companies in the UAE making products using EGA’s metal, including DAC.
The UAE aluminium sector as a whole employs some 30,000 people, making it the largest employer amongst the UAE’s energy intensive industries.
DAC’s facility has been built close to EGA’s Al Taweelah aluminium smelter, one of the largest in the world. EGA supplies DAC with molten aluminium along a dedicated ‘hot metal road’, the first in the UAE to link separate industrial sites.
Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer said: “The aluminium industry with EGA at its heart has long played an important role in the economic diversification of the UAE, creating jobs and economic opportunity. We welcome the official inauguration of DAC, and look forward to reliably supplying them with the metal they need to make their products in the years to come.”
Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Chairman of DAC and Ducab and Chief Executive Officer of Senaat said: “Through Ducab Aluminium Company we will emphasise the competitive edge for ‘Made-in-UAE’ products, with 100% UAE-made aluminium rods and overhead lines replacing imports. We have signed a multi-year contract with Emirates Global Aluminium for the supply of aluminium to our facility, and we are well-positioned to optimise local resources that are customised to various industries’ requirements, in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.”
Receiving molten aluminium from EGA eliminates the need for DAC to use high energy to re-melt the metal before use. This saves both costs and environmental emissions.
EGA has developed a dedicated, state-of-the-art Liquid Metal Transfer facility, which is capable of 24-hour operations. The first of its kind in the UAE, this facility transfers molten metal via an overhead crane to preheated 14.5 tonne crucibles which can keep the metal liquid for up to 18 hours at temperatures of around 780 degrees Celsius. The crucibles are mounted on highly secured trailers and driven to customers in KIZAD’s aluminium cluster, including DAC.