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DUBAL initiatives save energy

Company claims quick wins mandated by DSCE save 4,458,316 kWh in first six months of 2012

| | Aug 15, 2012 | 7:30 pm
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Company claims quick wins mandated by DSCE save 4,458,316 kWh in first six months of 2012

Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL), the wholly state-owned corporation and a member of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), has announced that it has successfully implemented the directives issued to all DSCE member companies in April 2011 to minimise energy consumption in fulfilment of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. In the first nine months of implementing the directives (April to December 2011), DUBAL saved 6,942,760 kWh, the announcement claimed, and added that a further 4,458,316 kWh was saved in the first six months of this year (January to June 2012), bringing the total savings over the 15-month period to 11,401,076 kWh, which has reduced CO2 emissions at DUBAL by 5,701 metric tonnes.

Tayeb Al Awadhi, Vice President, Power & Desalination, DUBAL, terming the savings as “quick wins” for energy conservation, said: “We have fully implemented the directive to set air conditioning thermostats to 24°C during working hours and 27°C outside working hours, as well as the directive to turn off all non-essential lights after working hours. We are also on track to achieve the third directive, namely to change to energy efficient lighting, where our internal target is to complete 50% of the changeover by the end of 2013. Overall, we are well placed to achieve total energy savings of 22,317,240 kWh per year by 2013.”

According to the announcement, the DSCE directives complement DUBAL’s ongoing efforts to minimise the power consumption of its operations. For example, the extremely energy-intensive process to reduce alumina to primary aluminium is continually being enhanced so as to be more energy efficient, DUBAL revealed, and added that the energy consumption in the potlines of 14.71 MWh/tonne aluminium in 2011 represented a 110,000 MWh savings over the 14.82 MWh/tonne aluminium recorded in 2010.


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