During the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Global Aluminium’s Executive Vice President, Salman Abdulla talks to GineersNow TV about their energy programs, circular economy and environmental impact. Learn more on how EGA is pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency in producing aluminium.
About the Leader
Salman Dawood Abdulla has served as Executive Vice President, EHSSQ & Business Transformation at Emirates Global Aluminium since 2016 and has a wealth of experience designing, building, operating and maintaining large industrial plants.
Since joining DUBAL (which merged with EMAL to form EGA) in 1984 as an engineering apprentice, he was promoted through the ranks to a number of senior positions, including General Manager of Power & Desalination at DUBAL, Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Operations at EMAL and then Senior Vice President of Al Taweelah Operations before being promoted to his current role.
During his tenure, Mr. Abdulla also led the design, startup and stabilization of EMAL for both phase 1 & 2 and was responsible for designing, tendering and installation of over 1GW of power over a period of 10 years.
About the Company
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’s aluminium is the second largest made-in-the UAE export after oil and gas. EGA has a production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes of aluminium per year. EGA is the only UAE producer and makes the UAE the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world.
EGA has more than 350 customers in over 60 countries. About 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 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 already employs around 30,000 people, making it the largest employer amongst the UAE’s energy intensive industries.
EGA itself employs around 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.
As a corporate citizen of the UAE, Emirates Global Aluminium aspires in all its operations to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities.
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