Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and Abu Dhabi Ports have opened a new container freight station in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) that will reduce trucking of EGA’s aluminium by more than 290,000 kilometres per year.
Purpose built by Abu Dhabi Ports, the station will be used to load metal into containers for transfer onto ships for export.
The facility is located close to EGA’s Al Taweelah site, reducing the trucking distance for each consignment by approximately 17 kilometres and cutting costs and environmental emissions.
Last year, EGA shipped some 600,000 tonnes of aluminium from Khalifa Port, requiring over 17,000 truck movements from EGA’s site to the quayside.
Total emissions savings from shortening the journey to waiting ships are expected to be over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, which is similar to removing some 450 cars from the UAE’s roads.
Senior management of both EGA and Abu Dhabi Ports attended an opening ceremony for the new container freight station.
Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve our efficiency, saving costs and protecting the environment. Relatively small changes like this can have a big impact when they are magnified by the scale of EGA’s business.”
Commenting on the new facility, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “At Abu Dhabi Ports, we strive to support our customers’ logistical and operational requirements through careful and forward planning of infrastructure.
“We are making every effort to enhance logistics efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by reducing the distance of trucks transporting aluminum from Emirates International Aluminium to the quayside, which adds value both commercially and environmentally.
“Our efforts to reduce environmental footprint coincide with the UAE target to reduce carbon emissions.”
EGA exports its metal to customers in more than 60 countries around the world, using 20 different shipping lines to ship to over 70 global ports.
EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter is one of the largest single site aluminium smelters in the world.