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SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to carry out an energy optimisation project at its Jebel Ali facility.

EGA is the company that was set up following the merger between Emirates Aluminium (Emal) and Dubai Aliuminium (Dubal).

The contract will involve an upgrade of the three original potlines at the former Dubal smelter, which now has seven potlines.

A system developed in other EGA plants will be introduced, as well as a new potline control system. SNC Lavalin said the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was already underway and that work is set to conclude in 2017.

“We are proud to be a part of EGA’s continued growth and success,” said Dale Clarke, executive vice-president of the firm's mining and metallurgy business.

Following its recent takeover of Kentz, SNC Lavalin now employs around 20% of a 45,000-strong global workforce in the Middle East. Based on 2013 figures, it has annual revenues of $10bn.