ALBAhttp://www.aluminiumbahrain.com©2011 ALBAALBA News Feedssomeone@alba.com.bhsomeone@alba.com.bhAlba Receives Bronze Medal from EcoVadishttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2020/Alba-Receives-Bronze-Medal-from-EcoVadis-.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2020_all/200128.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, has been distinguished with the ‘Bronze Medal’ 2020 in recognition of its commitment and performance in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by the international rating platform EcoVadis. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Based on international CSR standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, and the ISO 26000, covering 190 spend categories and 150 countries, the EcoVadis certification takes into consideration four areas: Environment, Labor Practices, Fair Business and Sustainable Procurement. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“This certification is a reflection of our commitment to CSR and Sustainability initiatives. This is just the first step as we aim to undergo more upgrades into our Safety, Environment and Social Governance which will eventually position us as a green aluminium producer. This honour comes at the right time as we fully ramp-up Line 6 and seek to expand our product portfolio to newer markets especially in Europe and North America.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba recently unveiled its Objectives for 2020 – Safety Globe, Beyond Line 6 and Legacy of Titan – along with a major focus to align with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. The Company has also recently achieved ASI Performance Certification. </div>Alba successfully achieves ASI Performance Certificationhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2020/Alba-successfully-achieves-ASI-Performance-Certification.aspx<!<div>​​</div> <p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2020_all/200120.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, announced today, 20 January 2020 that it has successfully achieved Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Certification for its commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance performance. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Alba is the second Gulf-based aluminium smelter to have achieved this Certification, which covers both the Smelter site as well as the Calciner plant. Following an independent and rigorous audit process, Alba was successfully certified against ASI’s Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said: “Green Aluminium is the future. The ASI Certification is a key milestone in our never-ending sustainability journey and recognizes our diligent commitment to produce aluminium responsibly and sustainably. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> The ASI Certification will give Alba a competitive edge as we seek to offer greater and sustainable Value-Added Products as we qualify for new customers with Line 6 metal ramp-up.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> In February 2019, Alba was certified as a Production and Transformation member of the ASI. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> The ASI is a global, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain.</div>Alba’s ACEO Ali Al Baqali kicks-off the ‘Annual Majlis’ 2020http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2020/ACEO-Ali-Al-Baqali-kicks-off-the-Annual-Majlis-2020.aspx<!<div>​​</div> <p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2020_all/200113.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div> Ali Al Baqali kicked-off the ‘Annual Majlis’ 2020 of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), today, Monday 13 January, the first since his appointment as the Acting Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Today’s session marks the first of the many to be held over the course of this week for Alba’s Executive Management, Directors, Management and employees from various departments at the Alba Oasis Hall. </div> <div> </div> <div> An opportunity for the ACEO to communicate with the employees vis-à-vis two-way communication, the Annual Majlis is a platform to engage with Alba’s workforce whose common interests revolve around the Aluminium industry and its contribution to Bahrain. </div> <div> </div> <div> Speaking to the audience at the Annual Majlis 2020, the ACEO Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div> </div> <div> “At a time when the only constant in life is change, we as a Company must have the right preparedness to adapt to the changes amidst market uncertainty. As we set Alba’s 2020 Expectations – Safety Globe, Beyond Line 6 and Legacy of Titan - we aim to achieve bigger now that Line 6 is fully ramped-up, boost our production to 1,540,000 metric tonnes in 2020 all the while focus on our sustainability initiatives in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.” </div> <div> </div> <div> During the Annual Majlis, Al Baqali stressed on strengthening Alba’s Safety Culture and continue with the same momentum to exceed 16 million working-hours without LTIs achieved to-date; progress on the Spent Pot Lining Treatment Plant to be operational by Q1 2021 [Alba has already signed a 25-year lease-term]; consider Line 7 as a future expansion project as well as develop our employees and constantly engage with our community. He also thanked the Alba Management and the employees for 2019 achievements. </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> 2020 Annual Majlis will adopt a two-way communication model to allow participating employees and the presenter/s to engage in active Q&amp;A sessions to address various issues as well as the Company’s 2020 Objectives.</div>Alba sets new production record as it goes above 1.36 million metric tonnes for the first timehttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2020/Alba-sets-new-production-record.aspx<!<div>​​</div> <p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2020_all/200108.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, sets a new production record by exceeding the 1.36 million metric tonnes (mt) mark in 2019 -- production stood at 1,365,005 metric tonnes, versus 1,011,101 metric tonnes in 2018, up by 35% Year-over-Year. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> In addition, 2019 was an exceptional year in terms of Safety as the Company achieved Zero Fatality and Zero Lost Time Injuries (LTIs). </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Commenting on the new production record, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “I am proud to say that Alba has finished 2019 strong by setting benchmarks in the aluminium industry -- from exceeding the 1.36 million mt mark to successfully inaugurating and delivering Line 6 into commercial operations as well as achieving an outstanding Safety record. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> We look forward to a successful 2020 with the transformation that Line 6 will bring to the Kingdom’s economy as well as to Alba’s bottom-line.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Adding further, Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “2019, no doubt, has been a difficult year for the aluminium market; however, Alba has had an unparalleled performance with a never-before production and safety records. This is a testimony to our unwavering commitment to excellence and going above and beyond on Safety. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> I thank the Management, our employees and contractors for their contribution and efforts for all our successes in 2019.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Alba marked the production milestone with a small gathering held at Alba Oasis yesterday, Tuesday, 07 January 2020, which was attended by Alba Executive Management, Directors, Managers and employees from various departments.</div>Alba Line 6 Performs Above Expectationshttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Line-6-Performs-Above-Expectations.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/191229.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) commissioned its Potline 6 within 23 months, beating the average of 30 months for other similar industrial projects, thus becoming one of the fastest expansion projects to be ever commissioned in the aluminium industry, said Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa today, 29 December 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Adding further, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa stated: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We are also very pleased to have completed Line 6 construction with a CAPEX less than US$4,000 per metric tonne of aluminium produced, which is lower than the average CAPEX of other projects in the industry.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Further, Alba is also pleased to state that selected pots in Potline 6 passed the final performance tests with results exceeding the guarantees under the Technology Transfer Agreement between Alba and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba had chosen EGA’s proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology for Potline 6 to boost its metal production. The DX+ Ultra Technology was originally committed to operate at 460kA, (as per the contractual terms with EGA); however, Potline 6 is currently operating successfully at 465kA (5kA above the original design) when the current efficiency achieved is 95% with energy consumption standing at 12.87 kilowatt hours per kg of aluminium produced. In addition, Potline 6 outperformed some of the other EGA-guaranteed parameters - the production capacity of each reduction cell is 11% higher while energy consumption is 1% better. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">On this achievement, Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We are very proud of our team for establishing a new benchmark for potline start-up in the industry as we have managed to start about 4.5 pots per day at some point then reaching a peak of 8 pots per day. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">We thank EGA for being our technology provider for Alba’s Potline 6 as well as the exceptional results of the final performance guarantee tests. Utilising EGA’s DX+ Ultra - one of the most efficient technologies in the world – has contributed to reduce overall Green House Gas emissions, which is in line with our sustainability objectives towards the environment.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, added: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We are very pleased to have been chosen as the technology provider for Alba’s Potline 6 - a landmark project in the Middle East. We are also equally delighted to have gone beyond our commitments in the final performance tests, which speaks volumes about the reliability and performance of EGA’s DX+ Ultra technology.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba had selected EGA’s DX+ technology for Line 6 Bankable Feasibility Study in 2014 then later on upgrading to EGA’s DX+ Ultra Technology in February 2016. </div>Alba makes history as it tops 15 million working-hours without LTIhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-makes-history-as-it-tops-15-million-working-hours-without-LTI.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/191223.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) made history when it topped 15 million working-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) on Saturday 21 December 2019 for the first time since its commercial operations began in 1971. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Congratulating everyone in Alba on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa stated: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“2019 has been a significant year for Alba in many ways and we are proud to have amassed accolades as we bring this year to a close. We thank our employees and contractors without whom this milestone would not have been possible. We look forward to unfolding a new era in 2020 as Alba becomes a 1.5 million metric tonnes smelter with Line 6 fully on stream.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Adding further, Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Achieving 15 million working-hours without LTI for the first time in Alba’s history proves that everything is possible when we, employees and contractors, want the same objective. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">&lt; As we are about to enter 2020, we will remain focussed on Safety first and foremost, Employee Development, Community Development and Operational Resilience.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba has been consistently delivering on its Safety performance by first achieving 5 million working-hours without LTI on 30 April 2019 followed by first-time-ever 10 million working-hours without LTI on 27 August 2019. </div>Alba Signs Regain as the Technology Partner for its SPL Treatment Planthttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Signs-SPL-Treatment-Plant.aspx<!<p style="text-align:justify"><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/191218.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, has signed Australian-based Regain as the technology partner for its Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa on 20 November 2019 and Regain’s Managing Director Bernie Cooper, Strategic Consultant Frank Briganti as well as Alba Executives - Chief Operations Officer Dr. Abdulla Habib, Chief Admin and Supply Officer Waleed Tamimi, Chief Financial Officer Bryan Harris, Director Safety, Health &amp; Environment Moh’d Khalil along with other Alba officials. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij said: “Alba Spent Pot Lining Treatment Plant is about ‘pioneering the future’. As Bahrain’s leading industrial company, we aim to be fully aligned with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and are committed to advancing sustainable initiatives that will benefit Bahrain and our Company. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">We also believe in collaborating with companies that help us innovate and grow, and are truly pleased to have partnered with Regain for a sustainable and cost-effective solution for the treatment of SPL.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba announced the establishment of the first-of-its-kind SPL Treatment Plant in the GCC and Bahrain in September 2019. The SPL Treatment Plant - expected to be operational by Q1 2021 - is in collaboration with Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) and is a zero-waste process with a capacity to treat 30,000 - 35,000 tonnes of SPL a year then convert it to value- product. The estimated budget for establishing the SPL treatment Plant is close to US$ 44 million. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Regain’s Managing Director Bernie Cooper commented: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Alba has provided the vision and has the scale of operation to enable a world-class SPL solution. The SPL Treatment Plant to be established in Bahrain will set new global benchmarks in terms of environmental sustainability and economics for transforming SPL into value-added products. Alba is to be congratulated on this initiative. Regain is pleased to be providing SPL technology and to be working with Alba to bring the vision of a world-class SPL solution to reality.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Regain’s proprietary technology not only provides process technology to transform SPL into valuable products but also a complete recycling solution to realise significant environmental and economic gains. Since 2002, Regain has treated more than 370,000 tonnes of SPL from smelters in Australia owned and operated by major aluminium producers.</div>Alba wishes and celebrates 48th Bahrain National Dayhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-wishes-and-celebrates-48th-Bahrain-National-Day.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/191217.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) marked the Kingdom of Bahrain’s 48th National Day and 20th Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne with celebrations that was held over the Bahrain National Day holidays of 16-17 December across the smelter. <br /><br />Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said:<br />“2019 was the year of many firsts for Alba. From being graced by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain for the inauguration of Line 6 to becoming the world’s largest smelter ex-China and crossing the 10 million working-hours without Lost Time Injury for the first time in its history, Alba has truly had a successful year. Bahrain, too, has achieved success across many fronts this year, with the most recent being the never-before win at the Gulf Cup 2019. Our heartiest congratulations to the Bahrain National Football Team. <br /><br />We are confident that both Bahrain and Alba will continue to grow and win many more accolades in the years to come thanks to the vision and support of the Leadership of Bahrain as well as the continuous support of the Government of Bahrain. On this joyous occasion, Alba would like to wish its employees, the community and the people of Bahrain a very Happy National Day.”Alba holds ‘Re-invent yourself as a Leader’ Workshophttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-holds-Reinvent-yourself-as-Leader-Workshop.aspx<!<div>​​</div> <p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/191208.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the world’s largest smelter ex-China, emphasized its commitment to the continuous development of its people by holding a Workshop titled ‘Re-invent yourself as a Leader’ for the Executive Management, Directors and Managers on 05 December 2019 at Alba Club. </div> <div> </div> <div> Based on the leadership book ‘What happens now? Re-invent yourself as a leader before the business outruns you’, the one-day Workshop was delivered by its co-author Mark Nevins. The session highlighted key concepts on leading high-performing teams, avoiding dysfunctionality, habits of effective leaders and principles of emotional intelligence along with many interactive team exercises. </div> <div> </div> <div> On this occasion, Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div> </div> <div> “The last of the Executive Education Series of 2019, the ‘Re-invent yourself as a Leader’ Workshop helped the Executive and Management team to gain insights into the must-leadership strategies of tomorrow with a special focus on how to think differently to master the changes and transform challenges into opportunities for Alba’s future growth.” </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Mark Nevins has held leadership roles in strategy and management and is a consultant to executive teams at leading organizations around the world including American Express, Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Google, NBC Universal, Citibank, etc.</div>Alba celebrates Bahrain Women’s Dayhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-celebrates-Bahrain-Womens-Day.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/191203.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) joined government and private entities in Bahrain to celebrate Bahrain Women's Day with a special gathering held at the Alba Oasis Hall today Tuesday 03 December 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Each year, Bahrain Women Day is held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King, and President of the Supreme Council for Women. For 2019, HRH Princess Sabeeka announced the Bahrain Women’s Day theme as ‘Bahraini women in the fields of higher education and future sciences. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Attended by Alba women employees as well as female guests from various sectors in Bahrain to include Brigadier Dr. Zahra Ahmed Khalifa Director of Safety and Occupational Health in the Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Rana Ahmed Khalifa Director of the Center for Women's Information and Strategies - Supreme Council for Women, Mrs. Shaima Salman Public Relations Manager - Supreme Council for Women as well as local reporters, the celebration began with a keynote by Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali followed by a presentation by Brigadier Dr. Zahra Ahmed Khalifa highlighting the achievements of Bahraini Women and the importance of empowering women in the society. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Bahrain Women Day symbolizes the achievements of women in our Kingdom and the progressive path that has been set by them over the years. Alba is proud to have one of the highest percentages of working women in an industrial domain in Bahrain. We also remain committed to empowering our ladies, educating and training them as well as providing them with the right opportunities for growth.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba’s Executive Management, Directors and Managers also attended this celebration during which all Alba women were felicitated with a small gift as a token of appreciation. </div>