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Alba achieves new milestone

May 29,2018

In Press: GDN Tuesday 29th May 2018

MANAMA: Alba has reported the successful fabrication of 427 pot shells as a part of the Line 6 expansion project.

The announcement follows a visit by Alba chief executive Tim Murray to Ahmed Mansoor Al Aali (AMA Group) to celebrate the achievement.

One of the major Bahraini contractors working on the project, AMA Group was awarded the contract to manufacture 427 pot shells (each weighing 44 tonnes) with the delivery aligned as per construction schedule.

With a capital expenditure of approximately $3 billion, the Line 6 expansion project involves the construction of a sixth potline utilising Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)’s proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology, a 1,792 MW power station (Power Station 5) and other industrial services.

Bechtel is the engineering, procurement and construction management contractor for the project.

For Power Station 5, GE and GAMA Consortium was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract, while Siemens is the power distribution system contractor.

Commenting about the pot shells fabrication, Mr Murray said: “AMA Group expertise was fundamental to complete the fabrication of pot shells safely and ahead of time. This achievement is a milestone for Alba as we bring to close the construction and delivery of the project.”

Mr Murray was accompanied by Line 6 project director Shawqi Al Hashmi and a delegation of Line 6 owners’ team and Bechtel managers.

Alba’s Line 6 expansion project is one of the largest brownfield developments in the region.

Expected to begin production by January 1, the project will boost the smelter’s per-annum production by 540,000 tonnes, taking total capacity to 1.5 million tonnes per year.

As of end-April, Line 6 smelter’s overall progress exceeded 54 per cent (engineering progressed by more than 86pc while contracts and procurement advanced by 92pc); Power Station 5 and power distribution system’s overall progress exceeded 59pc and 87pc respectively.