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Alba fires up Bahrain's largest furnace within Line 6 expansion

Aluminium giant says Casthouse 4, part of the Line 6 expansion project, has commenced operations

Alba has started operations on mega-furnace Casthouse 4, part of the Bahrain smelter's Line 6 expansion project [pictured].
Alba has started operations on mega-furnace Casthouse 4, part of the Bahrain smelter's Line 6 expansion project [pictured].

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has started operations on Casthouse 4, the largest furnace in the kingdom-based aluminium smelter’s history.

According to a statement, the first cold-charge of Furnace 3 at Casthouse 4 was witnessed by Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, chairman of Alba’s board of directors, and Ali Al Baqali, Alba’s deputy chief executive officer.

Representatives from the Alba executive management team, the Casthouse 4 start-up team, Bechtel, and other major contractors were also in attendence.

READ: Bahrain's Alba signs Line 6 Expansion deal with Italy's Fluorsid

Part of Alba’s ambitious Line 6 Expansion Project, Casthouse 4 has a total design value-added capacity of 530,000 tonnes a year. Alba said the first cold-charge of Furnace 3 is a “significant part of the process of commissioning Casthouse 4, which is set to produce soon”.

Al Khalifa said the move was “another turning point in Alba’s journey towards becoming the largest smelter in the world”.

“With this landmark, we are on track to cast final products from [Casthouse 4], another success in the safe start up of Line 6,” he added, thanking the teams involved also “for their commitment to achieve this milestone safely and on time”.

The update came four months after Alba gave a similar Line 6 expansion update in August.

READ: Alba's Line 6 opens ahead of 47th Bahrain National Day

At the time, the group said an “intensive commissioning effort” was gathering pace as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) consortium, GE-Gama, pressed ahead with work on Alba’s Power Station 5 (PS 5), a crucial part of the wider Line 6 expansion.

Alba commissioned the project in earlier this month to coincide with Bahrain’s 47th National Day celebrations on 16-17 December.

US construction giant Bechtel worked as the engineering, procurement, and construction management contractor for Alba’s Line 6, with the GE and Gama consortium working as the EPC contractor on PS 5.

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