Expansion project will cost $4.5bn and will be the world’s largest single-site smelter once completed
Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) has announced the first structural steel for the company’s $4.5bn second phase of its plant expansion has been erected, as part of plans to become one of the world’s largest single-site aluminium smelters. Emirates Steel supplied the steel required for its expansion work.
“This milestone which was achieved as per plan is very critical to our first hot metal date,”said Saeed Al Mazrooei, President and CEO of EMAL.
The expansion project will require a total of 120 of the specially-designed structures to facilitate the additional 444 reductions pots required to expand production to 1.3 million metric tonnes per year.Once completed in 2014, the potline at the Al Taweelah site will be the longest in the world at 1.7 km.