Emirates Aluminum (EMAL) has awarded contracts amounting to $500mn to US firm General Electric for equipment to be used in the expansion of power generating capacity at its smelter complex and for long-term maintenance services at the expanded power plant. The Phase 2 expansion of the complex will involve increasing the site’s power generation capacity by 1gw to 3gw and improving operating efficiency.

GE said on 12 March that will it supply Korea’s Samsung C&T, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor building the new gas-fired combined-cycle power plant, with three gas turbine generators and two steam turbine generators and a plant-wide control system. EMAL is looking to have the new power capacity fully operational in mid-2014. (CONTINUED - 272 WORDS)