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Opportunity Overview & Value Propositions

Secondary Copper is recycled to form Copper Cathodes; recycling requires only 15% of energy than extraction from Ore and saves around 2.5 tons of greenhouse has emissions per ton produced

Value Propositions:

  • Currently no Copper smelter exists in UAE
  • UAE consumes around 350ktpa of Copper Cathodes per year. (imported)
  • UAE generates around 82ktpa of Copper Scrap annually. (exported)
  • Majority of copper will be sourced locally.

Phase 1:

  • 100ktpa of Copper Cathodes

MoIAT Enablement:

  • Laws & regulations limiting exports and supporting local use & sourcing of scrap.

Phase 2: (After 5 years)

  • Double plant capacity to 200ktpa

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135 Mn

Investment size (AED) for a typical facility

12 KT

Plant capacity per year


Projected IRR

100 Mn

Projected NPV (AED)

Value Chain

Value Chain Analysis

  • High
    localization in UAE
  • Limited
    localization in UAE
  • Mid
    localization in UAE
Copper Scrap Collection
E-Waste Separation & Crushing
Recycled Copper Cathodes

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2022-2032 (Bn AED)

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Electrical Equipment and Electronics Success Story

"The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) is spearheading the UAE’s transformation into a global manufacturing hub for Industry 4.0, leveraging advanced technologies to create future-proof industries, including the manufacture of electrical equipment and electronics. With the focus on sustainability and building energy and water-efficient factories, we are fully supportive of these initiatives and are proud to partner with MoIAT to make the UAE the home of the factories of the future".

Ahmed Khashan
President Gulf Countries, Schneider Electric

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