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
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.