Al Taweelah

Our delivery know-how transcends oil and gas in the UAE

The project was an exemplar for effective collaboration and won Bechtel’s Construction Project of the Year in 2017, as well as the Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management.


Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM)


Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

Key facts

alumina refinery in the UAE


million tonnes alumina per annum


of project spend remained in the UAE


tonnes of steel used in the construction


million man-hours involved in the project


workers at peak construction


Now a significant driver of the UAE’s economic diversification, the Al Taweelah Alumina Refinery produces two million tonnes of alumina per year. It is enabling Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to become vertically integrated as it refines West African bauxite ore into alumina, the feedstock for aluminium smelters, to secure the UAE’s future supply.

Our partner, Bechtel, has a strong track record in alumina refinery projects, but less experience of working in the UAE. Through an integrated joint venture, Petrofac complemented and supplemented Bechtel’s minerals credentials with knowledge of local suppliers, local contractors and local construction practices. Ultimately, more than 80% of the project spend remained in the UAE.

A small team produces huge results

Equivalent to 200 football pitches, the huge project covers a total area of 1.4 square kilometres. During construction, the workforce peaked at just over 11,500 with around 170 Petrofac staff embedded in all functions of the Joint Venture. Our small team worked collaboratively with the Bechtel team to deliver our first minerals processing project on time and our strong contribution has been recognised by both EGA and Bechtel.