EGA Marks 100th Shipload Of Bauxite Exported From Guinea Since GAC Start-up
Umer Jamshaid 20 days ago Sun 11th July 2021 | 01:00 PM
DUBAI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 11th Jul, 2021) Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) marked on Sunday the 100th shipload of bauxite exported from the Republic of Guinea since the start-up of its wholly-owned bauxite-mining subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) in August 2019, according to an EGA press release on Sunday.
EGA uses Capesize vessels to transport much of its bauxite ore. Capesize vessels are up to 300 metres long – more than the length of two football fields – and 50 metres wide. They can carry around 180,000 tonnes of bauxite ore.
Bauxite is the ore from which aluminium is derived. The aluminium content of all the GAC bauxite exported so far would be enough to makeover three million tonnes of metal, enough to build over 9,000 A380 airliners.
EGA’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdulnasser bin Kalban, said, "In less than two years since the start-up of GAC, we have established EGA as an important player in the global seaborne merchant bauxite market.
I commend the GAC team for reaching the milestone of 100 ships sailed. We are just beginning, and look forward to growing our production in Guinea further to create more value for EGA and the Guinean economy."
GAC operates a mining concession in Guinea covering an area of more than 690 square kilometres.
Mined ore is loaded onto trains to be taken to the coast. Each train can now carry 11,180 tonnes of bauxite ore, similar to the weight of the Eiffel Tower. So far the trains have made 1,641 return journeys, covering a distance equivalent to more than seven times around the world.