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EGA starts bauxite exports from Guinea

Start of bauxite exports from Guinea completes EGA?s strategic upstream expansion to create value from mine to metal. (Image source: EGA)

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced the first exports of bauxite ore from Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC), its mining project in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa

The first exports of bauxite ore from GAC mark the completion of EGA?s strategic expansion upstream in the aluminium value chain to create an integrated global aluminium giant. The GAC project, and Al Taweelah alumina refinery where EGA began production in April create new revenue streams for EGA and secure at competitive prices the raw materials that the UAE?s aluminium industry needs.

Bauxite is the ore from which aluminium is derived. Bauxite is refined into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters. EGA previously relied on imports to meet all its alumina needs.

EGA's GAC project is one of the largest greenfield investments in Guinea in the last 40 years and costs around US$1.4bn to develop. More than half the funds were provided by the largest greenfield mining project financing ever in Guinea - a US$750mn loan from development finance institutions, export credit agencies and international commercial banks.

EGA invested around US$3.3bn to develop Al Taweelah alumina refinery, which is the first in the UAE and only the second in the Middle East.

Abdulla Kalban, managing director and CEO of EGA, said, ?Our first export of bauxite ore is a landmark moment for EGA and for Guinea. For EGA, it completes our strategic expansion upstream, making us an integrated global aluminium producer. For Guinea, the project creates economic opportunity and helps the country to expand the production of its biggest natural resource.?

Kalban continued, ?On the GAC project, as in all EGA operations, safety is the first priority. I am particularly proud of our safety performance on this project was world-class and I thank everyone at GAC and our contractors for this important achievement.?