Posted by Neil King
Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) has hailed its "most momentous milestone to date" after reaching full production at its smelter.
EMAL reported that on the last working day of 2010, it energised the last of the 756 pots that make up the smelter.
"This is an incredibly exciting start to 2011 for us," said Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, president and chief executive officer of EMAL.
"To start the year at full production capacity of the smelter means that we can now bring to a close the construction phase of EMAL and spend 2011with our full focus on ensuring we meet the production targets we've set for ourselves."
EMAL was established as a joint venture between Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL) and Mubadala Development Company in February 2007 to construct what is planned to become the world's largest single site aluminium smelter complex.
The companies have claimed that as largest industrial project in the UAE outside the oil and gas industry, the project will encourage economic diversification and generate considerable jobs growth.