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Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), taking its final steps towards becoming the world’s largest aluminium smelter, officially announce the commissioning of its Potline 6 with the First Pot Energisation today Thursday 13 December 2018.
This achievement not only marks the beginning of a new era for the Company but also a breakthrough record as Alba brought forward the First Hot Metal milestone ahead of its scheduled date on January 01, 2019 – making it the fastest construction ever-delivered in the aluminium industry.
To mark this landmark, Alba held a celebration under the Patronage of Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa. The Executive Vice President - Midstream Operations at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) Dr. Ali Al Zarouni and other key EGA officials were the Guests of Honour at this celebration which was also attended by Alba’s Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali, Alba’s Executive Management team, Bechtel Project Director Denis Garrity and other senior Bechtel officials.
Speaking on this milestone Alba’s Chairman Shaikh Daij Al Khalifa said:
“On this dual occasion, the National Day and the commissioning of Potline 6, I would like to express my sincere congratulations and utmost appreciation to Bahrain’s leadership for their guidance and wise directives, and to the Government of Bahrain for endorsing Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project and for trusting us to achieve this landmark project. Celebrating the commissioning of Potline 6 during the much-awaited National Day celebration makes it all the more significant as it will always be remembered.
We are also very pleased to have started the commissioning of Potline 6 safely ahead of schedule and for that I would like to thank Bechtel, our EPCM contractor for Line 6 Expansion Project Smelter, and Alba’s Executive Management for their hands-on orchestration as well as our employees and contractors for embracing extreme ownership.
This milestone precedes the gradual ramp-up of 424 pots in Potline 6 which upon completion will make Alba the largest smelter in the world.”
Bechtel’s Mining and Metals Global Business Unit President Paige Wilson added:
“We are very proud of this achievement. The Alba Potline 6 Project’s 24-month schedule to First Hot Metal, or first aluminium, is six months faster than the industry standard. This is a world-class achievement for Bahrain, Alba and Bechtel. This success was only made possible thanks to the very strong collaborative relationship Alba and Bechtel have formed.”
As at November 30, 2018, Line 6 Smelter’s Overall Progress exceeded 77% (Engineering progressed by more than 96% while Contracts and Procurement advanced by 97%); Power Station 5 & Power Distribution System Overall Progress exceeded 80% and 96% respectively.