Early Project Planning Complete on Alba’s Line 6 Aluminium Smelter

Early Project Planning Complete on Alba’s Line 6 Aluminium Smelter

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. announced the completion of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for its Line 6 Expansion Project last week, marking the end of the optimization process of the project.

The FEED study, which was conducted by International Bechtel Co. Ltd. (Bechtel), identified several value-added opportunities, according to Alba. In addition, the study is expected to have made a significant positive effect upon delivery of the project on time and on budget due to its identification of other areas ripe for optimization.

“Line 6 Expansion Project is no longer a blue-print, but a reality,” opined Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa. “We are very pleased with advancing Line 6 Expansion Project and expediting the construction phase to be on schedule.”

Alba chose Bechtel as Line 6’s Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management (EPCM) Contractor earlier this spring. The study was carried out both at Alba headquarters and Bechtel’s offices in New Delhi. 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.

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 87% 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. Maximum output for the smelter is in the neighborhood of 1.2 million metric tons per year.