Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced the start-up of a $4 million pre-treatment and crusher facility for the recycling of industrial waste.
According to a statement from EGA, the new facility is part of the firm’s commitment to reducing and reusing industrial waste, located at EGA’s Al Taweelah site. The facility is for spent pot lining (SPL) which is the used inner lining of reduction cells in which aluminium is smelted, and one of the most significant waste streams in the aluminium industry.
Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “SPL is a global challenge for our industry, but over the past decade at EGA we have been able to turn this waste into value in the UAE.”
“I am pleased that EGA now has its own infrastructure to transform SPL into a useful industrial feedstock, securing this solution and our partnerships with UAE cement companies for the long term.”
EGA said that the facility will be used to pre-treat SPL so that cement companies in the UAE can use it as an alternative feedstock; the company had supplied over 41,000 tonnes of SPL to UAE cement companies last year.
Moreover, the company had previously worked with specialist third parties to process SPL before delivery to cement companies, increasing transportation distances and processing costs, EGA stated.