Emal expansion: new machines installed
Abu Dhabi, April 2, 2013
Emirates Aluminium (Emal) and ECL France joined together to celebrate the installation of the first pot tending machine (PTM) for Emal’s Phase II expansion.
The machine is one of 15 PTMs that will operate on the new potline at Emal, which, once completed, will be the longest single potline in the world at 1.7 km, said a statement.
The event was attended by the French Ambassador to the UAE, Alain Azouaou, and was hosted at Emal site by the company’s president and CEO, Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei and VPP Yousuf Bastaki. They were accompanied by ECL’s president and CEO Frédéric Mey.
The PTM is designed to increase performance in terms of safety, productivity and reliability as well as reducing environmental impact. The machine also has complete wireless controls that allow the operators to handle almost 100 per cent of the crane function in the pot room such as: anode changing, dressing, and beam rising as well as metal tapping amongst other potroom activities, said the statement.
Al Mazrooei said: “This ceremony represents another milestone achievement and another step closer in the expansion programme. It reflects our commitment to invest in the latest technologies and ECL has proven the professionalism required by Emal in this regard.”
As part of the Phase II development, ECL has supplied Emal with equipment for the potroom comprising 15 PTMs, two transfer gantries, one cathode transport crane, two lifting beams, 16,200 anode clamps and pair of J-hooks for activities connected with the operation of reduction cell. – TradeArabia News Service