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Condor Project, Dubai

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Dubai's Condor did not land in the BCIA Major Project category in mistake for the International Award. It is a Major Project finalist because it is an outstanding achievement by a UK principal designer and UK contractor who happen to be based overseas. Condor is the latest huge expansion and upgrade of the 20-year-old Dubai Aluminium smelter.

Uprated design of the 240 electrolytic pot cells added to the plant in two 900m long buildings adds 125, 000t/year output and brings the overall efficiency of the smelter into the world's top 5% of low cost, high quality producers.

The other major components of the expanded smelter are a 110MW combined cycle gas turbine power station and carbon plant which converts coke into carbon anodes - all of which were built and had to operate in an ambient temperature of up to 48degrees C.

Client

Dubai Aluminium Company (DUBAL)

Cost

US$750M

Principal designer

K Home Engineering

Other firms

Mott MacDonald (designer power generation area)

Al Naboodah Laing (civil works, smelter area )

Al Futtaim Tarmac (civil works, power generation area)

Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Middle East (structural steelwork)

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