16 Jan 2023

Alba’s Chairman of the Board commissions FCN Project at Potlines 4 and 5

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa along with the Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali celebrated the successful commissioning of the Forced Cooling Network (FCN) Project at Potlines 4 and 5 today Monday 16 January 2023.

Alba Executives, respective area Directors and Managers as well as concerned teams were also present during the commissioning of the FCN Project.

Managed in-house by the Operations and Engineering teams, the FCN Project has enabled Alba to creep-up the amperage to 410 kA in Potlines 4 and 5 which would ultimately lead to increasing Alba’s production capacity by approximately 17,000 metric tonnes per annum.

Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa stated:
“By chasing operational efficiency, we will attain excellence as we journey to the future.
Devised as a focus area within Alba’s 5-year business strategy, the FCN Project started as one step outside our comfort zone since it was executed while Potlines 4 & 5 were fully operational -- and that speak volumes about the technical and operational expertise of our people.”

Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali added:
“We are pleased to commission FCN Project simultaneously in Potlines 4 & 5 on time and within budget. Action expresses priorities and the key is to schedule our priorities right. I take the opportunity to thank our teams for this exceptional teamwork and for delivering this Project safely without any disruptions to our ongoing operations.”

The FCN Project -- commenced the detail engineering in August 2021 while the manufacture and installation started back in March 2022 -- was successfully executed with an impressive 478,000 manhours worked on site without a Single Lost Time Injury.

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