Kizad, Abu Dhabi’s free zone area, and the associated Khalifa Port, is all set to assume a major role in the region’s chemicals production and transportation sectors. This follows the signing by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) of a long term supply agreement with Shaheen Chem Investments, which paves the way for the construction by Shaheen of a chemical complex in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi. The new plant will significantly boost the UAE’s production of caustic soda, an important raw material in various industries, ranging from petroleum products to chemicals manufacturing. as well as alumina refining. The new plant will also be the first in the UAE to produce ethylene dichloride, which will be sold to third parties. Ethylene dichloride and caustic soda manufacturing represents a new type of activity for Kizad and should further strengthen its position as a catalyst for the emirate’s industrial growth.
The new plant will be built near to EGA’s Al Taweelah site on a 300,000 m2 plot and has room for future expansion. The production capacity of the first phase of the plant is expected to be 130,000 tonnes per year of caustic soda and 160,000 tonnes per year of ethylene dichloride. Shaheen envisages a further second phase of the project, which will double caustic soda production capacity and begin production of vinyl chloride and polyvinyl chloride.