EGA breaks ground on 272MW power plant in Dubai

WCN Editorial Team 2 Apr 2019 MIDDLE EAST ENERGY & UTILITIES

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), alongside Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company and Dubal, has commenced construction on a new power block at Jebel Ali smelter in Dubai.

A joint venture of Mubadala and Dubal will be responsible for the development of the new AED1bn ($272m) power facility, while the power output will be purchased by EGA for 25 years.

Mubadala and Dubal will also develop a water desalination plant at EGA’s smelter at Jebel Ali location as part of the agreement signed earlier.

The power facility will be equipped to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10% from EGA’s power generation plant in Jebel Ali.

The facility is also expected to reduce NOx emissions at Jebel Ali by 58%.

In a statement, EGA said: “Emissions reductions per tonne of aluminium produced at Jebel Ali, which includes both power generation and aluminium smelting, are expected to be up to seven per cent.”

Siemens was selected earlier for the installation of the combined cycle H-class gas turbine at the power block, making the project the first in the aluminium industry to use this technology.

EGA managing director and CEO Abdulla Kalban said: “We are pleased to break ground on this important project which will improve our power generation efficiency at Jebel Ali, saving costs and environmental emissions.

“We are now focused on safe construction and ultimately starting up the new power block in line with our plans.”

Upon commissioning of the new power block, EGA plans to put five older, smaller and less efficient turbines at the smelter on standby for emergency use.

EGA, which owns power plants with generation capacity of 5,450MW, uses electricity for aluminium smelting and other industrial operations.

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Image: EGA breaks ground on 272MW power plant in Dubai. Photo: Courtesy of Emirates Global Aluminium.

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