INALUM and EGA Complete Pilot Tungku Pot Upgrading: Ready To Double Capacity Production

INALUM and EGA Complete Pilot Tungku Pot Upgrading: Ready To Double Capacity Production

Kuala Tanjung – PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminum or INALUM with Emirates Global Alumina (EGA) announced the completion of 5 (five) of the smelting furnace renewed using technology from EGA. This step is part of the INALUM’s large plan in improving production up to double capacity.

President Director of INALUM Danny Praditya mentions that the collaboration of INALUM-EGA has successfully produced a more modern smelting furnace so that the target INALUM to produce up to double capacity can be met.

“EGA as a global aluminium company located in the United Arab Emirates has expertise in the field of modern technology in the aluminum smelting sector. The expertise makes INALUM make EGA as a collaborative partner in increased production capacity in Kuala Tanjung. Furthermore we will evaluate this results for the next stage of a broader project, in harmony with the Memorandum of Understanding agreed to improve partnership between Indonesia and the UAE" said Danny.

The completion of the pilot furnace is the starting part of the INALUM large plan in the development of 298 furnaces in Potlines 1 and Potlines 3 in Smelter Kuala Tanjung. Targeting an increase in energy power from 195ka to 215ka, and it is estimated to increase production up to 10%.

The development of 5 furnaces has spent 1.5 years with the workmanship includes the manufacture of furnace design and its implementing. The development also covers significant improvements in the upper structure (the skeleton for anode and busbar) and potshell, as well as combining a more modern EGA-owned Control System so that it can maximize production while reducing energy consumption and environmental emissions.

Chief Executive Officer EGA Abdulnasser Bin Kalban calls that EGA as one of the world’s largest aluminium smelting companies call that the success of these five furnaces is a historical milestone in the application of more modern smelting technologies in INALUM and hope it can be an early step in further collaboration with INALUM and Indonesia in particular.

“The success of the completion of this pilot pot is an important milestone in our project to spread the knowledge of EGA technology in Indonesia, and the potential of our broader partnership. With INALUM. EGA technology team has a track record of success for decades, creating value for EGA not only in the UAE but also internationally,” said Abdulnasser.

INALUM chooses to collaborate with EGA related to DX+ Ultra technology because EGA has developed its own aluminum smelting technology for more than 30 years., where the Ttech has been considered the most efficient technology in the global aluminium industry. EGA is the first UAE industry company licensed its core process technology internationally, through a deal with Aluminum Bahrain in 2016. In addition, this collaboration can also strengthen bilateral relations between Indonesia with the United Arab Emirates in the field of technology and investment.

EGA and INALUM has also signed a separate agreement that provides an opportunity to EGA to have exclusive rights in providing DX+ Ultra aluminum smelting technology in order to expansion the Kuala Tanjung smelting plant, if the results of studies and studies have proved that the expansion of the Kuala Tanjung smelting plant by using the technology owned by EGA proved to be technically worthy or economic.

In addition, in the agreement INALUM gives the right to EGA to get the first offer to have stocks in the expansion project or absorb most products that successfully produced from the project. In the implementation of this expansion project, INALUM will strive to obtain competitive electricity rates and will prioritize the use of renewable energy sources. As information, today Smelter INALUM in Kuala Tanjung uses electrical energy derived from the power plant (PLTA) namely Siguragura PLTA and Tangga PLTA located in Paritohan, North Sumatra.

The project also answers the needs of INALUM in terms of increased production, but also a part of the company’s mission in improving the performance of the furnace by maintaining performance and more efficient in terms of energy use. This technology transformation improves furnace performance through increased operational stability and current efficiency increase up to 95 percent.

In addition to the EGA joint project, INALUM also conducts several other corporate actions in order to increase production capacity as a response to the high potential of the current national aluminum market has a request of up to 1 million tons. The projects include, the Reduction Technology Upgrading Project will be completed in 2023, the targeted Kuala Tanjung Smelter Optimization will increase the production capacity in 2024-2025 and the IAA Remelt Aluminum diversification Project.

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