Bahrain’s Alba Names Bechtel Contractor for Line 6 Project

Bahrain’s Alba Names Bechtel Contractor for Line 6 Project
Fort Bahrain. Manama, Bahrain. Source: Wikipedia

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) recently named US construction company International Bechtel Co. Ltd. (Bechtel) the firm’s Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) contractor for its Line 6 Expansion Project.

The Line 6 project will make Alba’s plant the world’s largest aluminium smelter, boosting the plant’s output by 540,000 metric tons per annum to 1,500,000 metric tons per annum. The new line will have 424 pots that uses EGA DX+ Ultra technology that the firm says will dramatically increase efficiency.

“The appointment of Bechtel is a step forward towards delivering the Line 6 Expansion Project, which is a significant milestone for the Kingdom of Bahrain,” said Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa. “Alba and Bechtel have a history that spans over 25 years, and we are confident that Bechtel will deliver excellence at all times.”

San Francisco’s Bechtel was the EPCM for Alba’s last two expansions, Line 4 and Line 5. The firm began in 1898 and has grown to become the largest construction and civil engineering company and the fourth-largest privately-owned company in the United States.

“Bechtel is grateful and privileged to have been selected to work with Alba to develop the sixth potline. Our shared values of safety and quality, high expectations and pride in achievement have underpinned project success since our first engagement with Alba over 25 years ago, to our most recent, the completion of Line 5 in 2005,” said Bechtel’s President for Mining and Metals, Shaun Kenny. “When Alba added Line 5, it was at that time the world’s longest potline. We are proud to be working with Alba again to add Line 6, to make Alba the largest single site smelter in the world and mark another world class achievement for Bahrain, Alba and Bechtel.”