Emirates Global Aluminium and PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (INALUM), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding targeting the licensing of UAE-developed EGA technology to the Indonesian company, and co-operation on the upgrade of an existing INALUM smelter and the development of a new aluminium smelter in Indonesia.

The MoU was exchanged in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and signed by Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director of EGA, and Orias Petrus Moedak, President Director of INALUM.

Under the MoU, the two companies will evaluate the potential to form a joint venture to develop a greenfield aluminium smelter in Indonesia. Specific contributions to the joint venture could include services related to technology, the supply of raw materials, and the marketing of metal.

EGA and INALUM are already cooperating on the potential brownfield upgrade using EGA technological know-how of INALUM’s existing aluminium smelter in North Sumatra, under an MoU signed in 2018.

This cooperation has included the short-term secondment of INALUM engineers to EGA in the UAE for training in reduction cell modelling and design.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director of EGA, said: “We are pleased to expand our cooperation with INALUM and look forward to exploring further how we can together make these important projects for Indonesia a reality. EGA’s technology is proven both in the UAE and internationally, and we believe that we can make a big contribution to the success of INALUM’s expansion plans, and potentially even in future a vertically-integrated alumina refinery, to the benefit of both our countries.”

Orias Petrus Moedak, President Director of INALUM said: “I am pleased that we have developed a strong and cooperative relationship with EGA which has now led to the signing of this MoU. At INALUM, we are looking forward to deepening our work with EGA and to potentially deploying EGA’s technology in Indonesia.”

EGA has developed aluminium smelting technology in the UAE for more than 25 years and has used its own technology in every expansion since the 1990s. EGA has also retrofitted all its older production lines. EGA’s latest aluminium smelting technology is amongst the most efficient in the world.

EGA recently completed a historic three-year project to transfer its UAE-developed DX+ Ultra technology to Aluminium Bahrain for its Potline 6 expansion project. The transfer was the first time a UAE industrial company had licensed its core process technology internationally, in a milestone for the development of a knowledge-based economy in the UAE.

INALUM is an Indonesian state-owned company specialised in aluminium smelting. The company manages the huge potential of electricity generated from the Asahan River. INALUM was first established in 1976 as joint venture company between the Indonesian government and Nippon Asahan Aluminium Co., Ltd., a consortium of Japanese companies, before it was fully acquired by the government in 2013.

INALUM had successfully transformed itself into a strategic holding company that oversees all state-owned mining companies and has greater integration of operations with diverse mine production while supporting the downstream mine industrialisation.