Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced the completion of an expansion to the company’s Al Taweelah smelter in Abu Dhabi.

The expansion added 66 new reduction cells in total to the three potlines at Al Taweelah, boosting production capacity by some 78,000 tonnes of hot metal per year at one of the largest aluminium smelters in the world, said a Wam news agency report.

All the new reduction cells have been built using EGA technology developed in the UAE. The company has used its own technology in every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines.

Abdulnasser bin Kalban, EGA Chief Executive Officer, said: “The completion of this expansion project adds to our production capacity amid strong demand for aluminium as the world builds back better from Covid-19. The expansion was delivered below budget and on schedule, and with zero injuries at work. All 2,843 reduction cells at EGA use our own efficient technology developed in the UAE, an important source of competitive advantage and pride for us as a leader in the global aluminium industry.”

The expansion to Al Taweelah was completed in three phases. The first phase was commissioned in April, and the second in July. The final phase saw the installation of 14 new reduction cells at Potline 3.