Emirates Global Aluminium’s (EGA) Al Taweelah alumina refinery has started-up, a major milestone for EGA and for UAE industry
This is the first alumina refinery in the UAE and only the second in the Middle East. It processes bauxite ore imported from West Africa into alumina, which is the feedstock for aluminium smelters.
Located at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), approximately halfway between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this is Petrofac’s first minerals processing sector project. The company’s involvement began in 2013 with the early feasibility study stage through to the construction and pre-commissioning completion of the huge new plant. BPJV continues to support EGA during commissioning, start up and ramp up of the refinery.
This was a massive project; the area is equivalent to 200 football fields. The total workforce on site peaked at just over 11,500 with around 170 Petrofac staff embedded in all functions of BPJV.
Having deep experience in the UAE, Petrofac provided significant local knowledge, particularly across the supply chain, construction contracting, permitting and in meeting local requirements. The company also successfully contributed several safety programmes and initiatives to the project.
The Al Taweelah alumina refinery was named Bechtel Construction Project of the Year in 2017. EGA also received the Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management for Al Taweelah alumina refinery.
Commenting on the achievement, Mark Cowley, Petrofac’s Project Director said: “From the outset, BPJV established a collaborative and integrated approach as EPCM contractor for this important project. We are proud of our role in building the UAE’s first alumina refinery and in supporting EGA to secure the competitive supply of raw materials to meet the country’s aluminium industry’s needs.“