EGA and Inalum sign MoU to collaborate on developing smelter project in Indonesia
Emirates Global Aluminium and the Indonesian state-owned company Inalum have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at licensing EGA’s in-house developed smelter technology to Inalum. The two companies intend to collaborate on the upgrade of an existing Inalum aluminium smelter and to develop a new smelter in Indonesia.
Under the MoU, the two companies will evaluate the potential to form a joint venture to develop a greenfield aluminium smelter in Indonesia. Specific contributions to the joint venture could include services related to technology, the supply of raw materials, and the marketing of metal.
EGA and Inalum are already cooperating on the potential brownfield upgrade using EGA technological know-how of Inalum’s existing smelter in North Sumatra, under an MoU signed in 2018. This cooperation has included the short-term secondment of Inalum engineers to EGA in the UAE for training in reduction cell modelling and design.
Abdulla Kalban, managing director of EGA, said: “EGA’s technology is proven both in the UAE and internationally, and we believe that we can make a big contribution to the success of Inalum’s expansion plans, and potentially even in future a vertically-integrated alumina refinery, to the benefit of both our countries.”
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