Emal amps up power as first unit for onsite Power Plant arrives

Abu Dhabi: At the end of August 2012, Emal celebrated the arrival of the first Power Plant Unit for the flagship industrial project’s Phase II expansion. Once completed the capacity will increase by 1,000MW, when the total power plant capacity will be 3,000MW making it one of the biggest single site power stations in the Gulf region.

The power plant will allow Emal to be totally self-sufficient in power and not dependent on external sources.

Speaking on the accomplishment, Emal President and CEO, Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, said, “This latest construction milestone significantly progresses Emals Phase II expansion plans. In keeping with Emal’s core value of constant improvement, the new unit utilises the latest technological advances since Phase I to improve efficiency and mitigate environmental impact. It is vital that we continue to upgrade our facilities with the latest technology as it improves efficiency and maintains our competitiveness in the global aluminium market”.

The power plant upgrade will comprise three gas and two steam turbines. The units will be equipped with an enhanced combustion system which will increase efficiency at the smelter, one of the key factors in maintaining Emal’s reputation for supplying quality products at value cost.

The combined cycle power plant is cooled using two new cooling towers, similar to Phase I, but improved to further reduce salt dispersion.

This is one of Emal’s major contracts for Phase II expansion and the company is working together closely with its contractors and third parties. The next two turbines are due to be delivered in September 2012 and the new power complex is expected to be fully operational by June 2014.

Emal Vice President, Projects, Yousuf Bastaki, added, “By partnering with contractors and third parties who share Emal’s core values for excellence in every aspect of this landmark industrial diversification initiative, Emal will continue to establish itself as a major new global player in aluminium production for the benefit of the Emirates in line with the leadership’s 2030 Vision.” The milestone delivery closely follows the first steel structure milestone and potroom concrete pouring Phase II milestones, keeping Emal on track to achieve full production for its Phase II expansion by the close.