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Alba set to start project to add sixth pot line

Company says three-year expansion project will make it one of the biggest single-site smelters in the world

The Aluminium Bahrain smelter
The Aluminium Bahrain smelter

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has said that construction work on an expansion at its plant that will see a sixth production line added is set to start soon.

The firm said that once it receives approval from the board, shareholders and regulatory authorities it will begin the three-year project that will add a further 400,000 tonnes of capacity, bringing the total to 1.3m tonnes a year.

Chairman Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa said: “This new landmark will make Alba one of the largest single-site smelters in the world and will be a major boost to Bahrain’s economy.

"We also take the opportunity to thank again the Government of Bahrain for their support towards Line 6 expansion project and their commitment to further develop the aluminium industry in Bahrain.”

Alba initially appointed Bechtel to carry out a feasibility study into adding a sixth line in December 2012. A director was appointed to oversee the works in March 2013.

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