Aluminium Bahrain’s Line 6 Expansion Achieves 25 Percent Completion
12 September 2017 by Staff
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) updated shareholders on the firm’s progress on the US$3-billion Line 6 Expansion Project yesterday, noting that the undertaking continues to run on the scheduled timeline.
According to the firm, earthworks and concrete at the site are continuing as planned, with engineering at 50 percent completion, and procurement and contracts at 70 percent completion. Overall the project is at 25 percent completion, with the erection of structural steel slated for later this month.
Alba’s Chairman Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa praised the work conducted by all parties in progressing the project to this point.
“We are delighted to see that the Line 6 Expansion Project continues to progress on schedule as that will accelerate our position to be the largest single-site smelter in the world. I thank our EPCM contractor, International Bechtel Co. Ltd. (Bechtel), Alba CEO, Tim Murray and the Alba Line 6 Owner’s Team for their commitment to deliver our Project on a timely and safe manner.”
“We are thrilled to be breaking ground on Alba’s historic project,” said Bechtel’s President for Mining and Metals Paige Wilson. “We also look forward to continuing to work with the Alba Line 6 Owner’s Team as the project targets First Hot Metal (FHM) by 1 January 2019 and to furthering our long-term partnership.”
Alba expects Line 6 to come online by 2019, adding 540 thousand metric tons per annum to the firm’s total output.
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 million metric tons per year.