Alba Selects GE and GAMA Consortium for Line 6 Power Station EPC Contractor

Alba Selects GE and GAMA Consortium for Line 6 Power Station EPC Contractor
Spread across an area that’s roughly 3.5 sq.km., Alba is one of the largest aluminium smelters in the world with a production capacity that exceeds 960,000 mtpa. Source: Alba

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has named GE and GAMA Consortium the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for the former’s planned Power Station 5, the power station responsible for powering the planned Line 6. Alba made the announcement on Monday.

According to the terms of the contract, GE and GAMA Consortium will design, engineer, procure, construct, and commission a 1,792-megawatt (mW) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant. The agreement further provides that the turbine will be built to an efficiency of 54%. Additionally, GE has agreed to provide three 9HA gas turbines, three steam turbines, and three high recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the project.

“The appointment of GE and GAMA Consortium is another significant milestone in Line 6 Expansion Project,” said Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa. “Alba is progressing on schedule and we look forward to the commissioning of PS 5 which will be the largest and most efficient power station in Bahrain and first power station with H-class gas turbine technology in the Gulf region. GE and GAMA Consortium have a wealth of experience in delivering industrial projects over many decades and we, at Alba, will rely on their expertise to deliver a top-class power station which will mark a world-class achievement for Bahrain, Alba and GE and GAMA Consortium.”

“The contract to undertake the EPC work for Alba’s Power Station 5 is a key milestone in our on-going partnership with the organization, underlining our competency in delivering advanced technologies that scale up operational efficiency,” explained Mohammed Mohaisen, President and CEO for GE Power’s Gas Power Systems in the Middle East and North Africa. “GE is deploying its industry-leading 9HA turbines for the combined cycle plant, which is the world’s most efficient with the highest levels of operational flexibility and top-notch engineering performance. By working with Alba’s strong team of professionals, we will focus on the on-schedule commissioning of the project that will contribute further to meeting Alba’s power requirements to scale up production capacity.”

Upon completion of Line 6, Alba’s plant will become the largest single-site smelter on Earth. The new line will bump the plant’s total capacity to 1.5 million metric tons per annum upon completion in early 2019.