Line 6 Expansion Project

Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project was inaugurated by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain on 24 November 2019. Line 6 Expansion Project have added 540,000 metric tonnes to Alba’s name-plate capacity of +1,000,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa).

With Line 6 Expansion Project, Alba has evolved to become the world’s largest smelter ex-China with a production capacity of more than 1.561 million mtpa (2021).

With a CAPEX of approximately US$3 billion, Line 6 Expansion Project was the largest brownfield expansion in the region. The Project comprised: construction of a sixth potline utilising EGA’s proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology, a 1,792 MW Power Station (Power Station 5) and other industrial services.

Bechtel was the EPCM contractor for the Smelter of Line 6 Expansion Project. For Power Station 5 (PS5), GE and GAMA Consortium was awarded the EPC contract, while Siemens was the Power Distribution System contractor.

Alba Potline 6 was commissioned on 13 December 2018 with the delivery of the First Hot Metal ahead of its schedule. Alba started 106 pots in Potline 6 on 26 March 2019 followed by another 106 pots on 18 April 2019. In terms of Safety milestone, Line 6 Expansion Project achieved a total of 60,893,000 working-hours without Lost Time Injury as on 21 November 2019.

The Company saved more than US$370 million in the execution of Potline 6 – corresponding to 16% savings of its allotted budget.

One of Bahrain’s flagship asset, Line 6 Expansion Project is transformational to Bahrain and its people. Alba will continue to focus on the local and regional downstream cluster and seek opportunities to contribute further to the economic diversification of the Kingdom.

Key Fact

  • Project TypeBrownfield
  • Capacity540k MT
  • First Hot Metal13 Dec 2018
  • Full ProductionQ3 2019

Line 6 Smelter Specs

  • Pot TechnologyDX+ Ultra (440 kA)
  • Technology SupplierEGA
  • Number of Potlines424
  • Length1.35Km

Power Station 5 Specs

  • Power Plant Output1,792 MW
  • Power SourceNatural Gas
  • Efficiency54%