By Business Reporter — MUSCAT: Jan 28 – The five aluminium primary producers of the Gulf region — EGA (UAE), Alba (Bahrain), Ma’aden Aluminium (KSA), Qatalum (Qatar) and Sohar Aluminium (Oman) — have collectively produced 5,229,115 tonnes of primary aluminium in 2016. “During 2016, the GCC aluminium smelting and downstream sectors have been going through disciplined productivity improvement and value creation initiatives, while maintaining key competitive advantage of having most sophisticated facilities to produce a variety of value added products for local and international market.
At the same time, it has preserved its leadership position of high environmental standards, compared to the rest of the world,” said Mahmood Daylami, Secretary General of Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC). GCC aluminium production constitutes 10 per cent of the total world production and is considered one of the key economic drivers for the Gulf region. Around 40 per cent of the total production is utilized by downstream aluminium industries in the Gulf and 60 per cent exported to different parts of the world. Sohar Aluminium was formed in September 2004 to undertake a landmark greenfield aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate of Oman. It is jointly owned by Oman Oil Company, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC — TAQA and Rio Tinto.