HM King inaugurates Alba Line 6 milestone

November 24, 2019

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa has today patronized the inauguration of the Alba Line 6 Expansion Project at the Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.
 
His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister has also attended the inauguration of Alba milestone.
 
HM the King was received on arrival at the venue of the inaugural ceremony by Alba Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al-Khalifa, Acting Chief Executive Office Ali Al-Baqali, senior Alba officials, dignitaries from the Southern Governorate and former Albania senior employees.
 
HM The King expressed delight at inaugurating the Alba Line 6 Expansion Project, which will further bolster the standing of the firm to become the largest smelter with a total production capacity exceeding one million metric tons per year.
 
He underlined the importance of the milestone, which will enhance Bahrain's global competitiveness in this important sector, support the national economic development, spur growth and create many rewarding career opportunities for national cadres.
 
He underlined Alba’s vital role, outstanding achievements and successes since the launch of its operations in the early 1970s as the first pilot project in the region in supporting the national economy, which reflected Bahrain's drive to diversify the sources of income and create.
 
He highlighted the company's steady grown and performance to reach its desired goals through efforts exerted in managing the operational and marketing operations, stressing the crucial importance of the aluminum sector and its tangible contributions to Bahrain’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
 
His Majesty lauded the fruitful efforts of exerted by Alba Chairman, CEO and dedicated employees, which has a positive impacted on the company’s performance and as well as regional and global standing.
 
He paid tribute to Bahrainis who run and operate the company, with utmost responsibility and competence, wishing the firm further development and excellence to contribute to the development of local industries and bolster its global standing.
 
He stressed the importance of development projects in supporting the national economy and creating promising opportunities that serve national development objectives, whose windfall benefits the nation and citizens.
 
He underlined the need to forge ahead and continue the implementation of major vital projects in order to enhance Bahrain’s competitiveness, in accordance with the 2030 Bahrain Economic Vision.
 
“Despite challenges, Bahrain has managed to embark on a comprehensive development and attain landmark achievements in all fields thanks to dedicated citizens”, he said,
The development efforts, HM the King said, are proceeding in accordance with as future vision to attain new horizons, build on landmark achievements towards a promising future that all the nation aspires to reach for the good and progress of Bahrain and its people as well as future generations.
 
A documentary shedding light on the history of Alba B.S.C since its inception was shown. HM the King then inaugurated Alba Line 6 Expansion Project, by operating one of reduction cells.
 
Alba Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al-Khalifa presented commemorative gifts to HM the King and HRH the Crown Prince. HM the King toured the photo expo, showcasing the foundation stages of the company.
 
Alba Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al-Khalifa, earlier addressed the inaugural ceremony, paying tribute to HM the King for patronising the inauguration Line 6 Expansion project, one of the largest in the world after China. He described the giant aluminum industrial project as a source of pride for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
 
On this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa delivered a speech, in which he said:
“First and foremost, I am deeply honoured to stand before Your Majesty today. I humbly extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for Your Majesty’s generous patronage of this delightful celebration and gracing Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) with Your Majesty’s presence to officially inaugurate the Line 6 Expansion Project which makes Alba the largest smelter in the world ex-China.
We are honoured with the presence of Your Majesty at the inauguration of this mega project in the aluminium industry - a source of pride to the Kingdom of Bahrain - that will contribute to its transformation.
 
Reduction Line 6 - one of the longest reduction lines in the world that comprises 424 reduction cells built over an area of 1,400 metres - will add 540,000 metric tonnes per annum to the company’s total production capacity bringing it to more than 1.5 million metric tonnes, a remarkable growth from being a 120,000 mtpa aluminium smelter when it was commissioned back in 1971.
 
I would also like to express my thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister, and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa the Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Supreme Commander, for their wise directives and unlimited support to our Company’s growth and development.
 
On this occasion, we also pay our respects to the Father of the Nation, the Late Amir His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, May God Bless His Soul, whose reign marked the founding of Alba - a pivotal step in the prosperity and growth of the Kingdom of Bahrain - and the beginning of non-oil industries in the Kingdom, which today, is a footprint of Late Amir’s vision in establishing such a leading industrial company.
 
Alba is one of the industrial cornerstones of the Kingdom of Bahrain. We are deeply committed to the Kingdom’s Economic Vision 2030 and proudly partake in the development of the society in which we operate. Being one of Bahrain’s flagship assets, Alba Line 6 Expansion Project is not just a landmark achievement for Alba, but also a qualitative leap for Bahrain and its people.
 
The inauguration of Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project, as we approach our Golden Jubilee, truly marks a turning point for Alba and a new chapter will be written with achievements and successes under Your Majesty’s wise leadership.
 
It gives me pleasure on this joyful occasion to express our thanks to our partners in this project: Bechtel - EPCM contractor for Reduction Line 6, GE and GAMA Consortium - the EPC contractor for Power Station (PS) 5 and Siemens - the Power Distribution System contractor for PS 5 and all the contractors involved in this Project, specifically to the local contractors who have all contributed towards the success of this Project.”
 
One of the largest brownfield projects in the Region, Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project is a remarkable success in so many ways to include an achieved savings of more than US$370 million in the execution of Reduction Line 6 – corresponding to 16% savings of its allotted budget. Some of these savings were utilised to upgrade Alba Port for importing and handling more raw materials, as well as to finance other projects related to Line 6 Expansion Project.
 
Reduction Line 6 was commissioned on 13 December 2018 with the delivery of the First Hot Metal, ahead of its scheduled date on 01 January 2019. This was the fastest construction ever-delivered in the aluminium industry.
 
In addition, Line 6 Expansion Project has set benchmarks in sustainable aluminium production with both Reduction Line 6 and PS 5. Implementation of the proprietary Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) DX+ Ultra Technology in Reduction Line 6 enables Alba to increase its output with no increase in energy consumption, while adopting GE’s 9HA Gas Turbine technology in PS 5 has made it the most efficient Combined-Cycle power plant in the Gulf region.
 
The Line 6 Expansion Project also echoed Alba’s strong Safety culture by recording more than
(60,893,000) working-hours without Lost Time Injury as at 21 November 2019 – a notable feat in the aluminium smelting industry.
 
Alba attributes the success of Line 6 Expansion Project to its 3,200-plus employees of which more than 83% are nationals and a strong Health, Safety and Environment Management System, which is in line with the international standards and practices.
 
Brendan P. Bechtel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel also delivered the following speech:
Your Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, Supreme Commander First Deputy Prime Minister, Your Excellency’s Top Officials, Ministers and Ambassadors, Your Excellency Shaikh Daij bin Salman Daij Al Khalifa, Alba Chairman Esteemed CEOs of Participating Companies Most Welcomed guests,
 
I remember visiting the Line 6 project for the first time back on February 14 of last year with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and His Excellency Shaikh Daij. We were looking north towards the start of Line 6 more than a kilometer away, and frankly there wasn’t a lot to see. We hadn’t even started putting up the structural steel for room E.
 
Meanwhile, First Hot Metal was scheduled less than 11 months away. I recall thinking at the time that 11 months never sounded so short.
Some people even thought it was impossible.
So to be here with you again today, celebrating this project’s completion in the presence of His Majesty the King as an outstanding show of support from the kingdom’s wise leadership… it’s incredibly exciting and inspiring.
 
Amazing results are possible when partners come together as one team with one mission.
And there’s no better example than this Alba, Bechtel, Supplier and Contractor team.
You achieved first hot metal six months faster than the industry average. You also delivered this project with a total installed cost significantly better than the benchmark for these projects.
And you did it safely -- 43 million hours worked safely, on a job with 11,000 people on site every day during its peak construction period.
 
It’s also important to say ... great projects are measured by more than just concrete and steel in the ground.
They leave a legacy in the form of lasting benefits to the local community and the region. And this is absolutely true for Line 6 as an important pillar in His Majesty King Hamad’s reform project and in line with the legacy that started 50 years ago with the establishment of Alba as the first smelter in Middle East. Over 30 percent of the procurement and 20 percent of the contracts on this project went to local Bahraini firms.
Obviously, this generates jobs and revenue. But it also builds skills and experience in the local economy. And these, in turn, become the seeds for future opportunities and pave the way for more prosperity as part of Bahrain’s vision 2030.
So when we say this is a history-making project ... we aren’t just referring to the fact that this is now the largest single-site aluminum smelter in the world (outside of China)
What also makes it historic is the statement it makes about the future for Alba and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
This project went forward at a challenging time in the market, when very few were bold enough to invest.
Instead, you saw this as an opportunity. And the result is a project that serves an emblem of the Kingdom’s vision and its leadership in the Gulf Region.
 
So in conclusion... Thank you, your Majesty and Royal Highnesses for placing your trust and confidence in this project.
Thank you, your Excellency Alba Chairman for turning this royal vision into reality Special thanks to every member of the Alba, Bechtel, Suppliers and Contractors team.
You accepted this extraordinary challenge. You never gave up, never gave in, and never looked back.
And thanks to your incredible focus and dedication, you truly set a new standard of excellence.
Congratulations. You all deserve to be proud.
I can’t tell you how much I look forward to our next opportunity to work together, and to raise the bar even higher.
Thank you.
 
On this occasion, Alba also received congratulatory messages from key partners of the Line 6 Expansion Project.
 
Abdulla Jasim bin Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), said:
“The inauguration of Alba’s Line 6 is a landmark both for our industry and for the development of a regional knowledge-based economy. We are proud that Alba selected EGA’s technology, developed in the UAE, for Line 6 and that EGA technologists had the opportunity to work closely with Bahraini colleagues on the construction, commissioning and start-up of the project. Congratulations to Alba, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and everyone involved on the achievement we are celebrating today.”
 
Brendan P. Bechtel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel, said:
“Amazing results are possible when partners come together as one team with one mission. There’s no better example than this Alba, Bechtel, Supplier and Contractor team. You achieved first hot metal six months faster than the industry average. You also delivered this project with a total installed cost significantly better than the benchmark for these projects. And you did it safely -- 43 million hours worked safely, on a job with 11,000 people on site every day during its peak construction period.”
 
Chuck Nugent, Vice President of Operations for GE Gas Power, said:
“We are honored to be a trusted partner to Alba for nearly 50 years, helping the company grow and transform with our industry-leading portfolio of technology and services. We’re excited to celebrate today’s latest milestone, which features GE’s H-Class technology, the world’s most efficient heavy duty gas turbine, to power operations for Potline. The Line 6 Expansion Project clearly demonstrates Alba’s position as a leader in the smelting industry as they continue to deploy advanced technology to enhance their operational efficiency and productivity as well as drive growth. We remain committed to working with Alba on its strategic growth priorities and to supporting the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Vision 2030 goals.”
 
Mahmoud Hanafy, Senior Vice President, Transmission Solutions, Siemens Middle East, said:
“This is an important milestone in the Project and for our longstanding partnership with Alba. As a partner of choice, I am proud that Siemens is supporting Bahrain’s industrial sector in this economically significant development, and also that our projects continue to be executed to the highest safety and quality standards and in a timely manner.”