With 1,573 reduction cells arranged in seven potlines, producing more than one million tonnes of primary aluminium per annum, the total load demand for electrical power at Dubai Aluminium, DUBAL, is approximately 1,900 MW. This requirement is met through a captive combined cycle power station comprising 23 gas turbines and seven steam turbines, giving an installed power generation capacity of 2,350 MW at 30˚C. This infrastructure makes the DUBAL Power Plant not only a major user of gas turbines in the region, but also an industry resource in terms of knowledge and expertise in this area.
Acknowledging this, and in keeping with its corporate commitment to continuous improvement through best practice sharing and benchmarking, DUBAL is a sponsor of the 2013 Gas Turbine Users International, GTUI, Annual Conference. The event, which takes place at The Meydan, Dubai, from 6 to 11 April 2013, will feature general sessions hosted by the GTUI committee as well as round table discussions and conference-type sessions featuring original equipment manufacturers, OEMs.
A non-profit corporation, the USA-based GTUI is dedicated to promoting the exchange of technical and other non-commercial information between gas turbine users and OEMs, with the aim of improving the safe and reliable operation of gas turbines for the benefit of both the public and gas turbine users. This position is closely aligned with DUBAL’s on-going quest to operate in such a way as to cause ‘zero harm to people and the environment’ – an ambition that is supported by well-developed management systems and controls. Moreover, several employees of DUBAL Power Plant operations are members of GTUI, giving the corporation access to the latest developments and trends in the gas turbine industry.
“As the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelter using pre-baked anode technology, DUBAL has an obligation towards all its stakeholders to operate responsibly,” explains Tayeb Al Awadhi (Vice President: Power & Desalination). “This is expressed through our vision, which is ‘to be one of the best companies in the global primary aluminium industry in production, markets, people and results by 2020’; and interpreted through many platforms – including corporate support for value-adding allied industry platforms such as GTUI.”