Posted by Neil King
The annual value and volume of strategic raw materials imported by Dubai Aluminium Company (DUBAL) through Jebel Ali Port reached record levels in 2009, it has been revealed.
According to the company, such an increase was largely down to the procurement of materials for Emirates Aluminium Company (EMAL) - a hi-tech green-field smelter development in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, in which DUBAL holds a 50 per cent share and where phase one is currently in ramp-up stage.
The ramp-up has meant that DUBAL's volumes are now over and above the $1 billion in strategic raw materials imported by the company each year through Jebel Ali Port for use in its existing 1,573-cell, eight potline smelter in Jebel Ali, Dubai, which has an annual hot metal production capacity of 980,000 metric tonnes.
Masoud Talib Al Ali, DUBAL's vice-president for supply, claimed that the combined imports of DUBAL and EMAL represent the highest volume of raw materials imported through a single site smelter.
Meanwhile, Kanoo Engineering, a member of the Gulf-based Kanoo Group of companies, last week announced the official inauguration of its new headquarters in Dubai Industrial City.