Silicon Metal Smelter to Be Set up in Kizad
The plant is estimated to cost around AED 638 million. Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) signed a Musataha agreement with Al Braik Investments, during the 17th World Aluminium Conference held in the capital Abu Dhabi. Construction will begin in 2013 and the project will be operational by 2015. The smelter will be built on a plot measuring 316413 m2 to produce high-grade silicon which is commonly used in the aluminium industry as an alloying agent which considerably improves the strength of wrought aluminium alloys. Silicon metal is an integral part of the aluminium production process and will become more prevalent when the casting industries grow in the Gulf region. Silicon metal is presently imported from a number of global producers. The tonnages currently imported are substantial hence the need for a local producer. The proximity of Khalifa Port, alongside the intricate rail and road transport network, will enable Al Braik Investments to maximise its market presence. Phase 1, which is 51 km2 with an investment of AED 26,5 billion, is set to open in Q4 2012 (5/2012).