Ducab-HV opens tallest cable factory
Dubai , November 29, 2011
Ducab-HV, a joint venture between the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has opened its new hitech plant at Jebel Ali, Dubai in line with its plan to produce high voltage cables for the region.
The new factory will manufacture and sell cable systems in the voltage range of 66kV (66,000 Volts) to 400kV (400,000 Volts) covering the highest voltage currently used in the GCC, said a statement from Ducab-HV.
Standing at 148m, the plant (equivalent to a 44 storey residential tower) is the Gulf region's tallest industrial tower, it added.
Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the new factory on Tuesday at a glittering ceremony attended by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.
The new plant built at a cost of Dh500 million ($136 million) is the first dedicated HV facility in the region, and covers a built area of 30,000 sq m, the statement said. The joint venture offers High Voltage cable systems up to 400 kV.
The plant, whose 148m tall vertical extrusion tower has become a Jebel Ali landmark, will be the first dedicated high voltage facility in the region, and will increase Ducab’s production capacity by 15,000 tonnes of conductor, it stated.
Ducab-HV will benefit the UAE economy by offering an excellent quality alternative to imports, said a top official.
When fully operational, the factory will also generate 130 new jobs, which means more opportunities to hire and develop UAE nationals,” remarked Ahmad Al Shaikh, chairman of Ducab and Ducab-HV.
'Ducab-HV products will cover the highest voltages used in the GCC, ensuring that our utility partners and other customers can source vital energy infrastructure cables from a local supplier,' he added.
The most notable feature of the Ducab-HV plant is its 148m tower (equivalent to a 44 storey residential tower) housing hitech extrusion equipment.
It is the tallest industrial tower in the GCC, and is designed to ensure that the High Voltage cables are manufactured to the highest quality standards.
In addition to the extrusion equipment the tower also contains a series of Clean Room facilities to ensure no contamination occurs during production.
Ducab-HV will offer the latest in global HV technology to the UAE and the region, said Jon Vail, the chief executive officer of Ducab HV.
'The plant is the most advanced and is designed to ensure that the high voltage products are manufactured to the stringent quality standards demanded both regionally and internationally,' he noted.
'All products will be rigorously tested at the state of the art High Voltage Laboratory, a specialised facility that also gives the capability for advanced research and development in high voltage systems,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service