GE services deal for Emirates aluminium site

A US$200 million multi-year contractual service agreement (CSA) with Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) has been signed by GE Energy.

The world’s largest single-site aluminum smelter is nearing completion and the CSA will support EMAL’s recent investment in GE gas turbines and the long-term productivity and efficiency of the turbines.

Under the terms of the CSA, GE Energy will supply a wide range of services for the gas turbines, which are equipped with advanced emission control technologies, covering the supply of parts, repairs and field services for planned and unplanned outages for the gas turbine-generators and accessory equipment, along with performance guarantees.

Valued at more than $200 million, the CSA is designed to support the power requirements of this project, located close to the Arabian Gulf near Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi. The development is considered to be the UAE’s largest industrial project outside of the oil and gas sector.

Phase one of the project will have an installed capacity of more than 2 GWe to be used in the production of 700,000 tonnes of aluminum per year, while phase two will increase capacity to 1.4 million tonnes of aluminum per year.

GE Energy announced last July that it is supplying Frame 9FA gas turbines, C7 steam turbines, heat recovery steam generators and condensers for the project. Equipment shipping began at the end of 2008 in keeping with the project timeline of starting operations in April 2010.

‘The CSA will provide GE technical experience and support for the EMAL power plant, allowing the customer to focus on its core objective of producing aluminum,’ said John Krenicki, GE vice chairman, president and CEO of GE Energy Infrastructure.

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