Emal’s Phase II comprises an additional 444-cell potline within its Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, smelter.

It is the first industrial scale installation of the smelting technology. DX+ Technology is the product of a short design, modelling, testing and optimization process.

Five pilot DX+ Technology cells were built and commissioned in the Eagle section of Dubal’s Jebel Ali site between June and August 2010.

In July 2011, one year later, Emal announced that Phase II of its operational plan would proceed and that DX+ Technology had been selected for the project.

Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, Emal CEO said the increased productivity offered by DX+ Technology cells compared to DX Technology cells made it an attractive option for fulfilling its expansion ambitions.

“Whereas our two existing DX Technology potlines operate at 353kA and have the total capacity to produce 750,kt/y of molten primary aluminium, our new third potline will operate at 420kA initially, yielding 520kt/y.”

Start-up of the new line is scheduled for Q1 2014.