A vast aluminum smelter is taking shape in Abu Dhabi. The developer is Emirates Aluminum, a 50-50 joint venture of Mubadala Development Co., an investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, and Dubai Aluminum. A joint venture of SNC-Lavalin and WorleyParsons holds the engineering, procurement and construction management contract for the first of two phases. The 6 sq km site is at the Khalifa Port Industrial Zone in Taweelah, a nascent hub for shipping, logistics and industrial development. The smelter will produce sow, standard ingots, billet and sheet ingots. The project includes a 2,000 MW gas-fired combined- cycle powerplant, with
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.