Dubal to showcase new technology at Arabal
Dubai, October 27, 2010
Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (Dubal) will promote its new technology at a regional aluminium industry forum in Egypt next month.
Reflecting the company’s commitment to the development of the Middle East as a global aluminium hub, Dubal will participate at the 14th International arab aluminium conference and exhibition (Arabal 2010).
Arabal will be hosted by Egypt Aluminium Company (Egyptalum) in Luxor from November 1 to 3.
Dubal will promote its in-house developed, proprietary reduction cell technology during this event.
Ali H A M Al Zarouni, vice president of smelter operations at Dubal, will deliver a presentation on “DX Reduction Cell Technology - Excellent operating efficiency and superior environmental performance”, to showcase the proven performance attributes of the DX technology.
Dubal will have a small display stand in the exhibition, which will be focused on the development and benefits of the DX cell technology.
Al Zarouni says that the first generation DX technology cells were commissioned in 2005 as prototypes in a five-cell pilot operation. The technology has been implemented at industrial scale in a dedicated 40-cell potline at Dubal’s Jebel Ali plan, which was commissioned in early 2008.
“In less than two years, the operating amperage of the DX cells within the Dubal smelter complex has increased by 35kA to 375kA at present,” said Al Zarouni. “Operation at 370kA has been fully consolidated at 95.5 per cent current efficiency, with daily production yields of 2,873 kilograms of molten aluminium per cell at an average metal purity of 99.94 per cent and specific energy consumption of 13.04 kilowatt-hours per kilogram of aluminium produced. The reduced use of fossil fuel has obvious resource and environmental conservation benefits; while significantly fewer anode effects compared to lower amperage technologies also contribute to lower perfluorocarbon emissions,” he said.
“DX technology got licensed to Emirates Aluminium Company Limited (Emal) for the 756-cell Emal phase-I, a green-field smelter, which is currently in the processing of sequential energizing of the cells and coincident ramp-up of production. All of the DX Technology cells commissioned at Emal phase-I to date are also performing strongly and setting new benchmarks: they have already exceeded projected performance ratings,” said Zarouni. - TradeArabia News Service
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