EGA’s Guinea bauxite project now 50 per cent complete

ega bauxiteAccording to EGA, first bauxite exports are expected during the second half of 2019. (Image source: Vicki Nunn/Pixabay)The Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) project by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has reached 50 per cent construction completion

Once full ramp-up is achieved, the project is expected to produce about 12mn tonnes of bauxite per year and employ more than 1,000 people directly and as contractors.

The project is one of the largest greenfield investments in Guinea in the past 40 years and will be a new global source of bauxite supply after it starts operation.

EGA is also building the UAE’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi. The first alumina is expected during the first half of 2019. Alumina, which is refined from bauxite, is the feedstock for aluminium smelters. Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to meet 40 per cent of EGA’s alumina needs once full ramp-up is achieved.

In addition, EGA has also signed an agreement with Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée for the supply of bauxite for Al Taweelah alumina refinery.

EGA’s aluminium is the second largest Made-In-The UAE export after oil and gas. In 2017, EGA produced 2.6mn tonnes of cast metal. The company is the only UAE producer that makes the UAE the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world.

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