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Befesa has been selected to supply casting machines to EMAL (Emirates Aluminum Company Limited) in the United Arab Emirates

Befesa Aluminio has been selected to supply three casting machines for EMAL’s (Emirates Aluminum Company Limited) new aluminum reduction plant, associated with a power generation plant, to be constructed in the port of Califa, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The contract value is more than 5.5 million euro.

The production capacity of each of the machines will be 30 tons per hour, with 22.5 kilogram ingot. The customer, as a novelty, requires utilization of the equipment to produce alloys and this means the cooling system has to be adapted for this purpose. The equipment will be fitted with automatic casting speed control, double stripping, robotized stacking, and stack weighing and final steel strap binding systems.

The project is being executed by Befesa Aluminio’s technology division which, in addition to providing technical support to aluminum industry plants, designs, constructs, assembles and commissions turnkey facilities for the aluminum and zinc sectors. The division has a large list of references for more than 100 projects executed in 40 countries.

EMAL is a project included in the strategic initiative for the United Arab Emirates, the aim of which is to convert the region into the world’s largest aluminum casting location. It is being sponsored directly by the country’s government and the president of Dubai Aluminum Company.

The first phase of the plant contemplates 700,000 tones per year aluminum production together with 2,000 megawatts generation in a combined cycle plant scheduled for completion in 2010. The high degree of automation will assure compliance with maximum operational quality and safety standards, and minimization of environmental impact by reducing residues and emissions through efficient energy use. Second phase provisions are to increase production to 1.4 million tons per year and 3,500 megawatts in the power plant, which would make it the largest aluminum production plant in the world.