Alba hands Power Station 5 contract to GE and GAMA

The consortium has been awarded an EPC contract for the 1,792MW combined cycle gas turbine Power Station 5 (PS 5) plant, it has been announced

Alba, which is currently working on the Line 6 Expansion project, has handed the GE-GAMA consortium an EPC contract for Power Station 5. [Representational image]
Alba, which is currently working on the Line 6 Expansion project, has handed the GE-GAMA consortium an EPC contract for Power Station 5. [Representational image]

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), currently working on the Line 6 Expansion development, announced it has awarded GE and GAMA consortium an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for its Power Station (PS 5) project. 

The GE and GAMA consortium will design, engineer, procure, construct, and commission the 1,792MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant, with an efficiency of 54%.

GE will provide three units of its 9HA gas turbines, three steam turbines, and three high recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the project.

Remarking on the contract award, chairman of Alba's board of directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa said: "The appointment of the GE and GAMA consortium is another significant milestone in Line 6 Expansion Project.

"Alba is progressing on schedule and we look forward to the commissioning of PS 5 which will be the largest and most efficient power station in Bahrain and first power station with H-class gas turbine technology in the Gulf region." 

Mohammed Mohaisen, president and CEO for GE Power's gas power systems in the MENA region, said: "The contract to undertake the EPC work for Alba’s Power Station 5 is a key milestone in our on-going partnership with the organisation, underlining our competency in delivering advanced technologies that scale up operational efficiency.

"GE is deploying its industry-leading 9HA turbines for the combined cycle plant, which is the world’s most efficient with the highest levels of operational flexibility and top-notch engineering performance.

"By working with Alba’s strong team of professionals, we will focus on the on-schedule commissioning of the project that will contribute further to meeting Alba’s power requirements to scale up production capacity."

The Line 6 Expansion project is expected to make Alba the world's largest single-site smelter. 

Upon completion in 2019, the sixth potline is expected to add 540,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) to Alba’s current production, bringing its total production capacity to 1,500,000 mtpa.

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