Three years ago, Al-Braik embarked on an ambitious project for the construction of the Silicon Metal Plant. Silicon metal is known as a semi-metallic, or metalloid, having several of the characteristics of metals. Most metallurgical silicon metal is used as an alloying agent in the aluminum industry due to its ability to increase the strength of aluminum.

SIMA will be the first silicon metal smelter in the Middle East. It represents a unique first mover opportunity to capitalize on the Region's:

  • Rapidly expanding aluminum smelting industry (and the increased demand for silicon metal feedstock)
  • Low cost operating environment within the KIZAD and access to the state-of-the-art Khalifa Port
  • Lack of domestic silicon metal supply and decreasing level of foreign stocks available to the region
  • Access to low cost energy
  • Robust macroeconomic growth drivers
  • Strong support of the UAE government for projects that diversify the region away from the oil and gas sectors
  • Duty-free eligibility when exporting within the GCC region

Al-Braik has assembled a best-in-class team of consultants and partners and guided the project through various governmental and regulatory agencies:

  • Completed Definitive Technical and Financial Feasibility with world-leading industry consultants
  • Completed technical approvals as well as secured environmental and urban planning permits
  • Procured exclusive land rights to manufacture silicon metal within the KIZAD which includes power allocation

SIMA will have a total effective annual capacity of 33,000 tons which will later grow to 66,000 metric tons and will be a leading global low cost producer.

KIZAD is the world-class industrial zone offering state-of-the art infrastructure and proximity to aluminum clusters. It will become one of the world's largest industrial zones and is master planned to provide:

  • Easy access to markets
  • Low operating cost environment
  • Ease of doing business

KIZAD is located on a 417km2 greenfield site

  • Selected as a prominent gateway to regional industrial development
  • Consists of Areas A and B, on either side of the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Highway
  • Area A totals 50km² and affords myriad industrial activities ranging from aluminium production to food processing
  • Area B totals 367km² provides support services and amenities such as logistics clusters and workforce residential communities