EGA to showcase world-leading process and propriety technologies at TMS 2016

Aluminium giant to promote latest developments to the global industry

United Arab Emirates, 13 February 2016: Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”) will showcase the UAE’s innovation credentials internationally this month, by presenting a series of technical papers at The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society 145th Annual Meeting and Exhibition (“TMS 2016”). The annual event takes place this year in Nashville, Tennessee, USA from 14 to 18 February; and will again gather business leaders, engineers and scientists in the minerals, metals, and materials fields from around the world.

Speaking ahead of TMS 2016, Abdalla Al Zarouni (Director, Technology Development & Transfer: EGA) said, “TMS is the main technical forum for the aluminium industry worldwide and gives participants the opportunity to share technical research and collaborate with industry peers to help shape the future of the aluminium sector. The leading player in the Middle East and one of the top five primary aluminium producers in the global aluminium industry, EGA implements the most modern processes and technologies – many of which are developed in-house. TMS therefore also provides opportunities to meet potential clients for EGA’s proprietary smelting technologies. EGA has participated at TMS for several years to take advantage of these benefits.”

A total of six papers will be presented by EGA at the event, along with two joint papers developed in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (“UNSW”), entitled:

  • Evolution of crust breaker control for DX and DX+ Ultra Technologies.
  • The successful implementation of DUBAL DX+ Technology at EMAL.
  • Journey towards world-class operational effectiveness at DUBAL.
  • Management and performance of the largest gas treatment centre at EMAL potline during major shutdown of main exhaust fans.
  • The challenge to supply consistent alumina quality to all pots on increasingly longer and higher capacity potlines.
  • A novel method for processing sodium reduction skimming station residue.
  • Studies on anode pre-heating using individual anode signals in Hall-Héroult reduction cells (joint paper with UNSW).
  • Detection of local cell conditions based on individual anode current measurements (joint paper with UNSW).
    EGA’s expertise in technology development will be further promoted through an exhibition stand where the TMS 2016 delegates can learn more about the innovative work being done across the business. At individual level, Nadia Ahli (Lead Engineer – Process Development/Technology Development & Transfer at EGA) is set to receive an “LMD Young Leaders Professional Development” award during TMS 2016, in recognition of her contribution to technological innovation.

EGA’s vision is to provide the global economy with sustainable material of the highest quality, building a legacy of excellence for the UAE and the world. From inception in 1979, EGA has been committed to continuous innovation in aluminium smelting so as to produce the world’s best quality aluminium products while achieving maximum operating efficiencies. The proprietary reduction technologies developed in-house by EGA over the years have made the company a respected competitor in this sector. Indeed, EGA’s new-generation DX+ Technology and DX+ Ultra Technology rank among the most efficient reduction cell technologies currently available.