Alba Lays Foundation for Sixth Potline
03 July 2017 by Staff
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced over the weekend that the concrete foundation of the firm’s new Potline 6 facility has been laid.
A portion of the Line 6 project, Potline 6 consists of two pot rooms, each of which is just under a mile long. As such, these buildings are the longest in the Line 6 project.
“We are very pleased with the fast-track approach adopted by our team towards our landmark project,” opined Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa. “We also remain optimistic that by reducing the lead time activities, we will be able to get Line 6 Expansion Project off to a successful start as per schedule and have the First Hot Metal by January 2019.”
Alba says that the concrete foundations will total 1 million square feet upon completion in December 2018.
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C., or simply Alba, is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is one of the top 10 largest aluminium producers in the world. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 87% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. Maximum output for the smelter is in the neighborhood of 1.2 million metric tons per year.