Bahrain’s Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced on Tuesday that it has purchased DX+ Ultra Smelting Technology from UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) for its Line 6 expansion project. The Line 6 expansion project will add 540,000 metric tons per annum to the Alba smelter, bringing output to 1,500,000 metric tons per annum and making the smelter the largest single-site smelter on Earth.
EGA’s DX+ Ultra Technology is designed to make the smelting process more energy efficient, enough that the plant is expected to be able to handle the new capacity without significant energy increases.
The signing ceremony that marked the completion of the deal took place on Tuesday as well, in Dubai. Several executives from both companies were in attendance.
“We are very fortunate to have EGA as a partner in the Line 6 Project,” explained Alba’s Director for Line 6 Smelter Project and Engineering, Shawqi Al Hashimi. “The upgrade to DX+ Ultra Technology is a game changer that will allow Alba to increase output through the use of low energy consumption technology and further strengthen Alba’s position as a leading, low cost producer.”
“Research and technology development have been hallmarks of EGA since the inception of our business,” said Dr. Ali Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Jebel Ali Operations, Technology Development & Transfer of EGA. “We have dedicated considerable resources – both human intellect and financial investment – to these activities over the years. DX+ Ultra Technology is the result of the latest efforts to develop lower CAPEX and lower energy, high amperage reduction cells.”
Alba’s Line 6 expansion is on schedule, according to the company. The current timetable has the new line putting out the “first hot metal” on the first day of 2019. The firm anticipates that the new line will improve the country’s position as a regional center for downstream aluminium.