More power for UAE smelter

A contract worth more than $500 million to supply equipment to power the world's largest aluminum processing complex at a single site has been won by GE Energy.

The Emirates Aluminum (EMAL) production facility is located close to the Arabian Gulf near Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The gas-fired plant will feature Frame 9FA gas turbines, C7 steam turbines, heat recovery steam generators and condensers, all provided by GE Energy.

When phase one of the project is complete, the site will have an installed capacity of more than 2 GWe to be used in the production of 700,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum. Total production capacity during phase two will reach 1.4 million tonnes of aluminium.

'Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Oman are investing billions of dollars to build smelters, utilizing the region's abundant and relatively inexpensive natural gas as a primary source for power generation,' said Joseph Anis, GE Energy's region executive for the Middle East, adding 'Over the past year we have seen a growing number of opportunities in the Middle East and worldwide where we can apply our gas turbine technology for projects where the power is primarily used by our customers for industrial processes.'

SNC- Lavalin of Canada and Worley Parsons of Australia have formed a joint partnership to serve as the engineering, procurement and construction management contractors for the project.

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