Alba Line 5 resumes work after 'painful' recovery

Alba estimated a 2017 production loss of 3% to 5% in the aftermath of an April power outage that shut down all five of its reduction lines for three hours

Alba's Line 5 has recorded complete recovery following a power outage this April [image: albasmelter.com].
Alba's Line 5 has recorded complete recovery following a power outage this April [image: albasmelter.com].

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) announced its Reduction Line 5 pots have resumed normal operations after a power outage that occurred this April.

Operations commenced following a recovery process that the company's chief described as "one of the most painful experiences in the history of Alba". 

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Alba estimated a loss of 3% to 5% in its total production for 2017. 

The aluminium smelter's team held a celebration event this week to mark the successful recovery of its Reduction Line 5. 

Remarking on the development, Alba's chief executive officer, Tim Murray, said: "The recovery of Line 5 was one of the most painful experiences in the history of Alba.

"However, the resilience of the team allowed us to set a new industry benchmark on the speed of recovery.

"I would like to thank all the workers and contractors for their efforts to manage through this difficult situation safely."

In a press statement on 13 April, 2017, Alba said it experienced a power station outage on 5 April, which led to temporary loss of power in all five of its reduction lines for three hours.

The statement added: "Alba subsequently restored all power operations.

"Reduction Lines 1-4 are operating at normal levels, while Reduction Line 5 is partially running and is expected to return to be fully operational by early Q3 2017."

Alba confirmed no injuries were caused due to the incident.

Production losses from the incident will be part of an insurance claim, Alba confirmed in the statement. 

 

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