Abu Dhabi: Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has signed a long-term supply agreement with Shaheen Chem Investments for the construction of a chemical complex in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
Once it starts production early next decade, Shaheen’s ethylene dichloride and caustic soda plant will supply all its caustic soda output to EGA’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery for a period of 15 years. This will entirely meet EGA’s needs for this raw material.
The new plant will be built near to EGA’s Al Taweelah site on a 300,000 square metre plot and has room for future expansion, according to a statement on Tuesday.
The production capacity of the first phase of the plant is expected to be 130,000 tonnes per year of caustic soda and 160,000 tonnes per year of ethylene dichloride.
A second phase of the project is also planned, which will double caustic soda production capacity and begin production of vinyl chloride and polyvinyl chloride.
“The construction of a caustic soda plant next to our alumina refinery guarantees our supply of this vital raw material at competitive prices for years to come. I am pleased that EGA’s demand for caustic soda is creating further industrial expansion in Abu Dhabi, continuing EGA’s long-standing contribution to the diversification of our economy as we grow our own business,” said Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of EGA.