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GE has received contracts totaling up to US$500m to provide equipment and long-term services, directly and via engineering procurement contractors, for the Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) smelter complex in Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Industrial Zone
The project is expected to result in lower emissions, addressing the UAE's goal to achieve cleaner and more efficient industrial growth and enabling EMAL, a joint venture between Mubadala Development Company and Dubai Aluminium, to produce aluminum with better fuel efficiency, according to a press release.
Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, EMAL president, said, "A reliable and efficient supply of power is key to the success of our mission, as electricity accounts for a significant portion of the cost of producing aluminum."
"GE is supporting both our Phase 1 and 2 projects with advanced power generation technology, while the new service agreements for Phase 1 offer equipment upgrades to the latest and most efficient technologies," he added.
GE would supply gas and steam turbines, generators and a plant-wide control system for the Phase 2 expansion project that will position EMAL as one of the largest single-site aluminum producers in the world. In addition, GE would also provide latest technology upgrades for its gas turbines currently operating Phase I of the EMAL complex, the company press release stated.
Under a separate contractual service agreement, GE is expected to deliver maintenance support for gas turbines at both EMAL Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Mohammed Mohaisen, CEO for power equipment and services sales for the Middle East at GE Power & Water, said, "Our new technology and service packages are well-suited to meet EMAL's specific requirements for lower emissions, higher efficiency, stronger reliability and higher operating flexibility."