Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) has celebrated another milestone in its ambitious journey to become the largest single site aluminium smelter complex, by holding the symbolic ground breaking of its Phase Two development. The ceremony marked the start of construction of the Al Taweelah smelter’s second phase, with completion and full production planned to be reached in little more than two years. This will boost EMAL’s total production capacity to around 1.3 million metric tonnes by the end of 2014.
EMAL Board, shareholders and other VIP guests visited the site to witness the symbolic first step in the $4.5 billion expansion. The ground breaking was conducted by senior EMAL representatives, including, H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, EMAL Chairman; Mr Abdulla Bin Kalban, EMAL Vice Chairman; and Mr Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, EMAL President and CEO.
Phase One was completed ahead of time and to budget, and has been making its mark as both a cornerstone project of the UAE’s 2030 Vision, and a major new force in the global aluminium market supplying 280 customers in 36 countries with high quality aluminium. EMAL Phase Two will include the addition of a new potline and will result in the world’s longest ever single smelting line.
Commenting on the event, Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei said: “As an equal joint venture between Mubadala and Dubal, EMAL embodies the united stance of the Emirates to diversify the UAE’s economy away from a dependence on oil and gas, for the benefit of present and future generations of the Emirati people. When complete, EMAL will take its place as the largest and most advanced single-site producers of primary aluminium in the world, and one of the leading contributors to deliver a stable and prosperous Emirati future.”
“We have achieved our successes through the dedication of our shareholders, employees, suppliers, and contractors, which has delivered the confidence to continue our endeavour with the construction of Phase Two. The lessons, experience, locally developed technologies, and exceptional achievements that have characterised this landmark project will ensure that we meet the increased international demand for aluminium by reaching full production of Phase Two by 2014,” added Al Mazrooei.