15 March 2017 by Staff
UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium has come to an agreement to sell spent pot lining to Abu Dhabi building materials manufacturer Arkan Building Material Company PJSC as feedstock for its cement plant.
According to EGA, the global aluminium industry produces over one million metric tons of spent pot lining each year. Pot lining tends to wear out after four or five years of continuous use, and much of the spent lining ends up in landfills.
Under the agreement, EGA will begin sending Arkan its spent pot lining for suitability tests. EGA says this is a “win-win,” as it provides Arkan with an inexpensive source of energy as well as doing away with EGA’s necessity for storing the used lining.
Although this is the first such agreement it has with Arkan, EGA has been supplying used pot lining to other UAE cement plants for the past seven years. The company sent over 37 thousand metric tons of spent pot lining to various cement plants over the course of last year
“Many in the aluminium industry see spent pot lining as a problem, but we see it as an economic and environmental opportunity,” explained Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA. “Using spent pot lining in cement manufacturing is a win-win for both industries and for the country, and contributes to achievement of the economic diversification vision of the UAE.”
“EGA’s spent pot lining should reduce both our costs and energy needs, delivering business value and improving our environmental performance,” said Abdulaziz Asad, Chief Operating Officer of Arkan. “This project is in line with our strategy of exploring alternative fuels and feedstocks and we look forward to success in the tests.”
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, EGA is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting. It has a yearly production of aluminium of 2.4 million metric tons, making it one of the five largest primary aluminium producers in the world.