Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract by the Emirates Aluminium Company for the Phase 2 development of its smelter complex in Al Taweelah, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The contract entails the provision of EPCM services for a new aluminium smelter, a 1 000 MW power plant and a 1.7-km-long potline.
Once complete, the smelter will produce 525 000 t/y of aluminium. The second phase of the smelter complex is expected to become fully operational in 2014.
“We consider this new award a clear acknowledgement of the technical capabilities and experience we demon-strated with Phase 1 of the project,” says SNC-Lavalin executive VP Riadh Ben Aïssa.
SNC-Lavalin recently completed its EPCM mandate for Phase 1 of the smelter complex, which has the capacity to produce 750 000 t/y of aluminium. This included the construction of a 2 000 MW power plant.
The Emirates Aluminium Company is a joint venture between aluminium producer Dubai Aluminium Company and the Abu Dhabi government’s strategic investment arm, the Mubadala Development Company.
The company notes that the smelter complex is one of the largest greenfield aluminium smelter complexes ever built and one of the largest industrial projects, outside the oil and gas sector, in the United Arab Emirates.
The project, which is being developed at a cost of about $5.7-billion, is being built on a 6 km2 site at the Khalifa port and industrial zone, in Al Taweelah.