Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced the completion of the UAE’s most-efficient power plant, which will significantly improve environmental performance at EGA in Jebel Ali regarding its aluminium production.
A ceremony to mark the completion was attended by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of EGA and Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority; Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Board member of EGA and Chief Executive Officer of UAE Investments at Mubadala Investment Company; EGA Managing Director Abdulla Kalban and Chief Executive Officer Abdulnasser Bin Kalban; and Karim Amin, Executive Vice President Generation, Siemens Energy.
The AED 1 billion state-of-the-art power plant is built around a Siemens Energy H-class gas turbine, the first in the UAE and in the global aluminium industry, with a generation capacity of around 600 megawatts. The new power plant further improves the efficiency of power generation at EGA, saving natural resources and reducing costs and environmental emissions. Five older, less efficient turbines at EGA are being put on standby for use only in emergencies.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of EGA, said:
“The new power plant at EGA is considered one of the plants with high operational efficiency and an important step towards enhancing environmental sustainability.”Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of EGA
Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Board member of EGA and CEO of UAE Investments at Mubadala, said:
“The successful completion of this project is a testament to the focus we have placed on improving EGA’s cost position while reducing its emissions, which further cements the importance we place on addressing key Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. We are proud of the EGA’s resilience and the team’s ability to deliver this project safely and under budget despite challenging circumstances presented by the pandemic.”Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Board member of EGA and CEO of UAE Investments at Mubadala
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of EGA said:
“Despite COVID-19, this project was completed on time and, most importantly, safely. We now have on our site the most efficient power plant in the UAE, which will significantly reduce our environmental emissions as well as lowering our costs. This plant will deliver value to EGA and to the nation for many years to come.”Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of EGA
Karim Amin, Executive Vice President Generation, Siemens Energy, said:
“This project, equipped with Siemens Energy’s H-class technology, created a new benchmark in the aluminium industry by significantly improving reliability and efficiency of energy generation whilst lowering emissions and costs at the same time. We are proud that our innovative solutions will help to drive decarbonisation in the UAE's industrial sector and are looking forward to many more years of collaboration with EGA, Mubadala, and Dubal Holding.”Karim Amin, Executive Vice President Generation, Siemens Energy
The new power block is expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions from EGA's power-generation and aluminium-smelting operations at Jebel Ali by some 10 percent. NOx emissions are expected to decrease by as much as 58 percent.
The UAE Energy Strategy 2050 aims to reduce the carbon footprint of power generation in the UAE by 70 per cent, and increase energy efficiency by 40 per cent.
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