The Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) project by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the UAE’s leading industrial company outside oil and gas, has reached 50 per cent construction completion
According to EGA, first bauxite exports are expected during the second half of 2019.
Once full ramp-up is achieved, the project is expected to produce about 12mn tonnes of bauxite per year and employ more than 1,000 people directly and as contractors.
The project is one of the largest greenfield investments in Guinea in the past 40 years and will be a new global source of bauxite supply after it starts operation.
GAC’s mining concession covers an area of 690 sq km and contains one of the largest bauxite deposits in Guinea. The concession is located in the Boké region of north-western Guinea, close to existing mines that are operated by other companies.
Extracted bauxite will be transported by rail to Kamsar port, about 70km away, using existing railway lines that are already used by other mining companies. GAC is also building rail loops and spurs to connect its mine and loading facilities to the existing railway line.
EGA has also signed an agreement with Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée for the supply of bauxite for Al Taweelah alumina refinery.