Mideastern aluminium firm Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced the completion of another milestone in its Line 6 Expansion Project last week, revealing to investors that the company completed the initial cathode sealing operation on the line.
Cathode sealing is an important part of the process of bringing the line to life, explains the firm. The line, which will utilize 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.
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray commented on the firm’s progress in completing the Line 6 Project, noting that it continues to adhere closely to the schedule laid out for the project at its outset.
“We are very much pleased with the overall progress we have made on Line 6 Smelter. The focused-approach adopted by our team has yielded nicely on the progress of Engineering (79%), Procurement (83%), Contracts (97%) and Construction (17%) simultaneously.
“We look forward to the on-schedule completion of Line 6 Expansion Project and have everything checked to be ready for commercial operations.”
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.