Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced last week that it was the proud recipient of one-third of the six rectifier transformer units needed for the completion of its Line 6 Expansion Project.
Designed and built by Fuji Electric in Japan, the rectifier-transformer (a/k/a “rectiformer”) is rated for 120 kA at 1880V DC. The design in question is the world’s largest rectiformer, and Alba expects to have the remaining four delivered in two shipments – the next in mid-May, and the final in July.
Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, Alba’s chairman, greeted the delivery as a major step forward in the project to significantly increase its smelting capacity.
“Line 6 Expansion Project is brimming with all kinds of activities – the construction of Line 6 Smelter, Power Station 5 and Power Distribution System (PDS) is taking place in chorus and structures have started to take shapes. By progressing to an adapted schedule, Line 6 Smelter and Power Expansion Project will be soon transformed into a bursting reality.”
Alba says that the project is roughly halfway to completion, with an overall completion percentage of 49 percent. The engineering portion is 83 percent complete, and contracts and procurement is better than 92 percent finished. The associated power station is 58 percent done, while the system it will use to distribute the power generated by it is 82 percent complete.
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 84% 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. In 2016 Alba’s smelter produced 971,420 metric tons of primary aluminium.