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EGA’s industrial data centres go green

EGA chief digital officer Carlo K Nizam and CEO Abdulnasser Bin Kalban at the groundbreaking ceremony EGA
EGA chief digital officer Carlo K Nizam and CEO Abdulnasser Bin Kalban at the groundbreaking ceremony

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the UAE’s largest non-oil industrial company and one of the world’s largest aluminium producers, has broken ground on the first industrial data centres in the emirates to be totally powered by renewable energy.

The two data centres in Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah will be developed in collaboration with Scientechnic, a local technology provider.

The data centres are a key part of EGA’s digital roadmap, allowing the UAE company to further deploy artificial intelligence (AI) and automation solutions in its industrial operations. It will reduce total IT energy consumption by 50 percent.

The construction of EGA’s new on-site data centres is important in establishing a thriving manufacturing innovation ecosystem in the UAE, said CEO Abdulnasser Bin Kalban. 

The data centres will enable EGA’s future ambition of self-optimising AI-driven plant operations, such as fully-autonomous crane and vehicle operations, said chief digital officer Carlo K Nizam.

In 2022, EGA spent $2 billion on goods and services from local UAE suppliers, accounting for 39 percent of the company’s total global procurement spend. 

EGA is working to expand its local supply chain as part of the UAE’s Operation 300bn industrial growth strategy and Make it in the Emirates policy.

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