GE Power Helps UAE Aluminum Smelter Cut NOx Emissions by 10%
A lot can happen in 100 days – it’s more than half a school year. It’s how long it takes to grow garlic and pumpkin, and it’s the lifetime of a mosquito. It’s also how long Emirates Global Aluminium plans to take to reduce its nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions by 10%. Imagine, just 100 days to cut NOx output equivalent to the annual emissions of 280,000 cars.
The UAE-based company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE Power to help achieve this goal. A combination of GE’s digital and other high-tech solutions will not only help EGA reduce NOx emissions but also further improve efficiencies and reduce fuel consumption at EGA’s two plants in Al Taweelah and Jebel Ali.
The MoU sets the 100-day agenda of upgrades and maintenance to achieve the NOx emissions-reduction goal as part of the UAE Accelerators Program. The agreement positions GE as a partner with EGA and the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment in the Accelerators Program.
“This agreement with EGA underlines GE’s technological strengths in supporting the industry in achieving not just enhanced levels of productivity and efficiency but also contributing to a greener future,” said Joseph Anis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Power Services in the Middle East & Africa for GE Power. “With the MoU, we are partnering in the UAE’s National Agenda goals to meet its sustainable development ambitions.”
GE Power will implement water injection packages for the gas turbines deployed at the Jebel Ali plant. At the Al Taweelah plant, GE will deploy its Fin-Fan software logic modification for up to two units to optimize cooler operation, thereby reducing auxiliary load consumption. Also part of the solution will be GE pressure wave cleaning to improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions.
After completion of the initial 10% UAE Accelerators Program goal, GE will implement a new liquid fuel changeover regime at both EGA plants to decrease fuel changeover frequency, and also implement the fuel savings solutions. GE also will investigate additional outage optimization plans.
GE is a long-term partner to EGA and has previously worked to improve operations at the company’s facilities, including through the implementation of GE’s Advanced Gas Path upgrades at the Jebel Ali facility. GE also signed contractual services agreements to ensure the seamless operations of GE’s installed base of turbines at EGA Al Taweelah, one of the largest single-site aluminum smelters in the world.