ABU DHABI, 11th July, WAM/ Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside the oil and gas sector, celebrated today the export of 100 shipments of bauxite from the Republic of Guinea since the wholly owned subsidiary of Guinea Alumina Corporation, its bauxite mining company, became operational in August 2019. .
Bauxite is the raw material from which aluminum is derived.
The amount of aluminum that can be produced from bauxite exported to date from Guinea Alumina Corporation is more than three million tons, enough to manufacture more than 9,000 A380 aircraft.
Emirates Global Aluminium uses Capesize giant ships to transport bauxite ore. The ship is 300 meters long, more than two football fields in length, and 50 meters wide, and can carry around 180,000 tons of bauxite ore.
So far, EGA has exported more than 16.4 million dry metric tons of bauxite from Guinea, enough to fill Wembley Stadium in London more than nine times.
EGA exports bauxite to its customers in China and India, mainly in China and India. Some bauxite is also exported from Guinea Alumina Corporation to the UAE for use as feedstock in EGA’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi.
At the end of 2020, the first year of production at Guinea Alumina Corporation, EGA became the second largest third-party seller of bauxite in the world.
Abdul Nasser bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium, said: “Less than two years after the start of production operations at Guinea Alumina Corporation, we have solidified EGA’s position as a company with a prominent role in the marine commercial bauxite market worldwide.
Congratulations to the Guinea Alumina Corporation team on reaching the completion of exporting 100 shipments of bauxite.
He added, “We look forward to increasing our production in Guinea further in order to create more value for EGA and the Guinean economy.”
The mining area of Guinea Alumina Corporation in Guinea covers an area of 690 square kilometres.
The company uses trains to transport bauxite ore from its mine to the coast, and each train carries 11,180 tons of bauxite ore, equivalent to the weight of the Eiffel Tower. The trains have so far made 1,641 trips from the mine to the coast, a distance equivalent to more than seven rounds around the world.
The bauxite ore is transported from Kamsar wharf by self-propelled barge to the deep water transshipment point suitable for giant cargo ships.
Emirates Global Aluminium has invested about $1.4 billion to develop the Guinea Alumina Corporation project, one of the largest development investments in Guinea over the past four decades.
The project contributes about $700 million to the Guinean economy each year, directly and indirectly, equivalent to an increase of 5.5 percent of Guinea’s GDP.
More than 2,700 people work in Guinea Alumina Corporation as direct employees or contractors, of whom 94 percent are Guinean employees.