NEO Aluminio Colombia plans to build a low carbon aluminium production facility, the Green Aluminium Transformation Complex for Colombia (GALTCO), in South American country using EGA’s technology
United Arab Emirates, 16 November 2020: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, has signed an agreement with NEO Aluminio Colombia, which could lead to the export of EGA’s UAE-developed state-of-the art technology for the development of the first aluminium production facility in the South American country.
NEO Aluminio Colombia is currently assessing the feasibility of building a low carbon aluminium production facility, the Green Aluminium Transformation Complex for Colombia (GALTCO), in the northwest of the country. The project, powered with hydroelectricity and intended to reach a capacity of 540 thousand tonnes of aluminium per year, would be the heart of a new industrial cluster creating jobs and economic opportunity.
The agreement envisages EGA licensing its UAE-developed aluminium smelting technology to NEO Aluminio Colombia, and providing an array of technical services to the Colombian company during the construction and ramp-up of the project.
The agreement was signed by Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, EGA’s Chief Executive Officer, and Carlos Santiago, Chief Executive Officer of NEO Aluminio Colombia.
EGA has developed aluminium smelting technology in the UAE for more than 25 years. EGA has used its own technology in every smelter expansion since the 1990s and retrofitted all its older production lines. EGA’s latest technology is amongst the most efficient in the global aluminium industry.
In 2016, EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its core process technology internationally, in a major milestone for the development of a knowledge economy in the UAE. Aluminium Bahrain’s Line 6 expansion project, built with EGA’s DX+ Ultra technology, began production in December 2018.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of EGA, said: “Technology innovation has been an important foundation of EGA’s development and success. One of our strategic priorities is to make EGA the technology partner of choice for new smelter projects, building on our success in Bahrain and strengthening technology sales as a revenue stream for our company. We look forward to growing this project with NEO Aluminio Colombia and ultimately to the successful application of EGA’s UAE-developed industrial technology in their project.”
Carlos Santiago, CEO of NEO Aluminio Colombia, said: “Finding the right technology partner is an important milestone in the development of our proposed new aluminium transformation complex. After a global search, we have selected EGA based on the performance of their technology, the depth of their technological expertise, and their track record in some of the world’s most significant recent greenfield and brownfield production developments. Ultimately, we are proud and honoured to have a partner that cares, as we do, about creating both jobs and opportunity for decades to come.”
NEO Aluminio Colombia is part of the NEO Group, which manufactures aluminium vehicle wheels and electrical cables in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela for sale within and beyond South America.
Emirates Global Aluminium is equally-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai.
It is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside the oil and gas industry, and the largest company jointly owned by the two Emirates.
EGA is an integrated aluminium producer, with operations from bauxite mining to the production of cast primary aluminium. EGA operates aluminium smelters in Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, an alumina refinery in Al Taweelah and a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in the Republic of Guinea.
EGA’s aluminium is the second largest made-in-the UAE export after oil and gas. In 2019, EGA sold 2.6 million tonnes of cast metal. EGA is the only UAE producer and makes the UAE the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world.
EGA has more than 400 customers in over 50 countries. Over 80 per cent of EGA’s production is value added products, one of the highest proportions of any aluminium company in the world.
EGA’s aluminium is primarily used in the construction, automotive, packaging, aerospace and electronics industries.
Over 10 per cent of EGA’s aluminium production is sold in the UAE to around 26 downstream aluminium companies that make products with EGA’s aluminium. The growing broader aluminium sector in the UAE supports 60,950 jobs. EGA itself employs over 7,000 of these people including almost 1,200 UAE Nationals.
EGA has focused on technology development for over 25 years. EGA has used its own technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines. In 2016 EGA became the first UAE industrial company to licence its core industrial process technology internationally.