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10 May 2006

Mott MacDonald wins contract on first United Arab Emirates float glass plant

Mott MacDonald has been awarded a project management contract for the first UAE float glass plant by Dubai Investments, and a select group of strategic investors from the region. The $200 million plant will produce 600 tonnes of float glass per day, primarily to service the region’s booming construction markets.

The new Emirates Float Glass (EFG) factory will be located in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi.
It has been designed to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year to produce around 160,000 tonnes of glass per year which is equivalent to 12.5 million m2.

State-of-the-art features such as a pyrolytic (high temperature coating) facility, an automatic cullet (automatic sorting technology for different colour glass) recovery, optional on-line soft coater and an automated cutting end section tool have been incorporated in the design to produce a wide product mix. To meet the growing requirements of the construction and auto industry, not only will the plant produce tinted and pyrolytic coated glass, but also at various sizes, ranging between two and 12mm in thickness and up to 3,210mm in width.

Mott MacDonald’s project management team will start work with the turnkey contractor (Ianua from Italy) on 1st June and will be responsible for: checking design and quality control; programming/planning and scheduling; project progress including reporting, certification, payments, cost control and insurance; as well as contract management. The plant is expected to be completed by December 2007.

Gordon Turley, who signed the contract on behalf of Mott MacDonald, said, “We are delighted to be assisting Dubai Investments on this strategically important project. We project managed a similar factory in Cairo in the ‘90’s and look forward to demonstrating our professional excellence in this area.”


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