Capacity growth will reduce dependence on imports, according to the firm
Emirates Steel will increase capacity to a “record” six million metric tons per annum by 2013, following the implementation of a phased expansion programme.
Addressing the Iron and Steel Conference in Italy, engineer and vice president of projects, Ahmed Al Dhaheri said: “Following the completion of our phase one expansion programme, our company has developed an output capacity of two million tons per annum from 650,000 in 2006. On completion of phase two, our capacity will reach three million tons per annum in 2011 and six million by 2013.”
The phase one expansion of the UAE plant, which was completed in 2009, cost AED 3 billion, with the phase two expansion budgeted at AED 6 billion. Phase two A is scheduled for completion in 2011, with phase two B expected by 2012.
Following the conference, around 80 steel experts were invited to the Emirates Steel plant in the Industrial City, Abu Dhabi to see the facilities and production processes.
“The high-level delegation was familiarised with our various expansion projects and were given an understanding of our production processes and our range of products,” recalled Emirates Steel’s senior vice president of operations Carl Andersson.