Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) announced this week that the Power Station 5 (PS5) Block 4 Project continues to be progressing according to schedule.
The firm said that to date the EPC contractor consortium Mitsubishi Power and SEPCOIII have finished the procurement process for the centerpiece of the project, namely the M701 JAC gas turbine, the steam turbine, and the turbine generators. They indicate that about half the manufacturing processes for the equipment have been completed as well.
In addition, Alba notes that the entirety of the civil foundation works for the main equipment for the Block 4 Project were completed about a month ago.
Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa said in a press release that progress continues to run smoothly on the Power Station 5 (PS5) Block 4 Project.
“Alba’s Block 4 Project has started to take shape with the completion of early milestones as per schedule; thus, allowing us to prepare for the major activities on site.”
“We look forward to safely delivering Block 4, a key Project under Alba’s ESG Roadmap, on schedule and as planned by Q4 2024,” he continued.
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is the world’s biggest aluminium smelter outside the People’s Republic of China. 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 2022 Alba’s smelter produced 1,600,111 metric tons of primary aluminium.