Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and Abu Dhabi Ports have opened a new facility designed to reduce the trucking of the group’s aluminium products within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) by over 290,000 kilometres per year, reducing costs and environmental emissions.
The new container freight station will be used to load metal into containers for transfer onto ships for export. It has been purpose built by Abu Dhabi Ports close to EGA’s Al Taweelah site to reduce the trucking distance for each consignment by approximately 17 kilometres.
Last year EGA shipped some 600,000 tonnes of aluminium from Khalifa Port, requiring over 17,000 truck movements from EGA’s site to the quayside. Total emissions savings from shortening the journey to waiting ships are expected to be equivalent to over 2000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is similar to removing some 450 cars from the UAE’s roads.
Senior management of both EGA and Abu Dhabi Ports attended an opening ceremony for the new container freight station. Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s managing director and chief executive officer, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve our efficiency, saving costs and protecting the environment. Relatively small changes like this can have a big impact when they are magnified by the scale of EGA’s business.”
The Al Taweelah smelter is one of the largest single site aluminium smelters in the world. EGA also operates a power station at Al Taweelah to generate the electricity it needs for its operations.