The milestone achievement was celebrated by the presence of EMAL President and CEO Saeed Al Mazrooei, ADPC CEO Tony Douglas and key guests that were involved in this major milestone which also signifies the .
The shipment of 25,938 metric tonnes of smelting grade alumina arrived aboard the M/V LR Lily from Rocky Point, Jamaica.
The first phase of the port, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2012 is operated by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC). Once complete, Khalifa Port will be a state–of-the-art efficient gateway for import and export. The port will receive all ship sizes, including the largest container ships and bulk vessels. It will accommodate a wide range of cargo, including containers, break bulk, liquid & dry bulk cargos; it will also feature state-of-the-art unloading and storage facilities. It is mandated along a five stage phased development approach.
“We are truly grateful to the EMAL’s Ports team and ADPC for their diligent work in completing this project. The port itself is a great asset for EMAL, but in the future it will also benefit other companies operating out of the planned aluminium cluster,” continued Al Mazrooei.
ADPC CEO, Tony Douglas commented: “This is a landmark occasion not only for EMAL but for Abu Dhabi. As the first ship carrying cargo to arrive through the port we have entered a new era in the development of the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone which will form one of the major industrial hubs in the region. The presence of EMAL and our ambitions to develop a variety of industrial clusters around such anchor tenants across this site are a long term investment for future generations.”
The 800 meter long EMAL Wharf is situated three and a half kilometres offshore with berthing space for two 60,000 ton capacity ships.
It contains a vacuum ship unloader that transfers coke and alumina (the primary raw materials for aluminium production) onto wharf belt conveyor system. Once on the conveyor, the material is transported 4.6 kilometres along the trestle bridge and causeway running from the wharf to the shore, before being delivered directly to the EMAL onsite Silo storage facility.
1. EMAL is a joint venture (JV) between Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL) and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) and was established in February 2007 to construct what will become the world’s largest single site aluminium smelter complex. The project will be built in two phases and utilise DUBAL DX technology. Phase one started production in December 2009 and once finished EMAL will produce 750,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum and 1.5 million tonnes annually at the end of phase two. The aluminium complex, a 6sq km site in the Khalifa Port Industrial Zone in Al Taweelah, half way between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, will produce primary aluminium with a product mix of sow, standard ingot, tee ingot, extrusion billet and sheet ingot.
Being the largest industrial project in the UAE outside the oil and gas industry, the project will encourage economic diversification, creating downstream opportunities. This development will benefit the UAE economy, employing more than 17,000 local and international contractors/staff during construction and approximately 2,000 people direct employment during operations.
EMAL adheres to strict environmental standards set by the Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency, with state-of the-art emission control equipment including sulphur-dioxide scrubbers, the latest potroom gas treatment technology, the best-available gas turbine systems, and cooling towers to eliminate thermal stress on local marine life.
2. Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) is a developer of ports, industrial zones, trade & logistics zones, and related services. Its purpose is to create a sustainable growth platform that spurs economic expansion and diversification for Abu Dhabi. ADPC was established by Emiri decree number 6, 2006, and has been mandated to construct, develop and manage all ports and related infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (with the exception of military and oil & gas ports).