Committed to innovation through technology, yet equally dedicated to protecting the environment. This is the corporate stance taken by Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) to the establishment and advancement of its operations over the three decades since the company’s inception in 1979. It’s the same stance that underscores DUBAL’s participation at this year’s Water Energy Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2012), as a Strategic Sponsor of the event.
Held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 13 to 15 March 2012, the focus of WETEX 2012 is on the advanced technologies in the areas of energy (i.e. fossil fuel, nuclear, renewable, power generation, smart grids, efficiency, conservation); water (i.e. management, treatment, desalination, utilities); and environment (i.e. waste management, green buildings and CO2 reduction solutions). The event aims to bring together the scientific, engineering, technology, and management communities, thereby facilitating strategic partnerships to pursue innovative and sustainable solutions that will support the efforts of governmental agencies and civic authorities in these three key areas (i.e. water, energy and the environment).
Accordingly, the DUBAL stand at WETEX 2012 will highlight the company’s world-leading in-house developed DX and DX+ reduction cell technologies that, by operating at higher amperages, not only increase productivity but also reduce the impact of DUBAL’s smelter operations on the environment through improved energy efficiency and minimised emission levels. The spotlight will also fall on DUBAL’s commitment to energy conservation, specifically the fuel-efficiency enabled by the unique cogeneration configuration of the company’s captive 2,350 megawatt power station (at 30˚C); and its energy-saving successes achieved through implementing a combination of the initiatives mandated by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (“DSCE”) in terms of Dubai’s 2030 energy conservation strategy and DUBAL’s own innovations in this area. This will be further endorsed by illustrating DUBAL’s successful and sustained achievement of the highest standards in environmental protection, from optimizing raw material usage through effective energy-use management to minimizing environmental impact through stringent management of air emissions, effluent discharge and waste.
DUBAL will further support the efforts of WETEX 2012 to share expertise and promote best practices by participating in one of the seminars and round-table discussions being hosted in parallel to the exhibition. Abdulnasser Kalban (General Manager: Power & Desalination Maintenance) will deliver a presentation on “Smart Micro Grid”; and Dr Ismat Murshed (Manager: Plant Performance Optimizaton – Power Operations) will share DUBAL’s exertise and experience during a presentation entitled “Evaporative Coolers on DUBAL’s large combined cycle gas turbines”.
With a hot metal production capacity in excess of one million metric tonnes per year, DUBAL’s Jebel Ali complex ranks as the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelter using pre-baked anode technology. DUBAL is internationally renowned for its premium purity, high quality products; and exports more than 90 per cent of its annual production to about 50 countries across the globe. The company, which is widely acknowledged as the UAE’s industrial flagship, places the safety and health of its employees above other priorities. DUBAL also owns 50 per cent of Emirates Aluminium (“EMAL”) in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, where the first phase of construction is complete and the full 740,000 metric tonnes per year production capacity has been commissioned. Construction of EMAL Phase II, which will increase EMAL’s total production capacity to 1.3 million metric tonnes per year, began mid-2011. In addition, DUBAL holds shares in upstream development projects.