Emal’s phase ll development will come on stream in December 2013 and by Q2 2014 will boost the smelter’s annual capacity from 800kt to 1.3Mt, but with global demand likely to rise from its current 46Mt/yr to 60Mt/yr, further growth is definitely on the cards.

If a phase lll development goes ahead it is likely to be launched in 2017, according to Mazrooei.

The Gulf region generally exports most of its aluminium output as currently it only has a fledgling downstream industry at present. Most Gulf metal is exported to Asia, Europe and the USA.

Between Emal and Dubal (Dubai Aluminium) the UAE produces 1.7Mt/yr of aluminium and supplies domestic markets with approximately 200kt.

As a so-called ‘anchor tenant’ of the Kizad industrial development (Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi) it is hoped that Emal’s presence will boost the region’s downstream industry.