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Bahrain’s Alba Line 6 on track to hit Q1 2019 production target

Aluminium Bahrain’s Line 6 expansion project is on track to meet its Q1 2019 production target, according to Mumtalakat CEO, Mahmood H Alkooheji

Albas Line 6 expansion will increase the smelters total production capacity to 1.5 million tonnes per annum.
Albas Line 6 expansion will increase the smelters total production capacity to 1.5 million tonnes per annum.

Aluminium Bahrain’s (Alba) Line 6 expansion project is on track to hit its production target.

This is the opinion of Mahmood H Alkooheji, chief executive officer of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, who told Construction Week that he is in ‘no doubt’ that construction of the new line will complete on time.

US-headquartered Bechtel has been appointed as the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor for Alba’s $3bn (BHD1.1bn) Line 6 project. Main construction works commenced last year, and the new pot line is expected to begin production activities in Q1 2019.

The expansion initiative will add 540,000 tonnes to the aluminium smelter’s annual capacity, taking its total production capacity to 1.5 million tonnes per year.

READ: Face to face: Mahmood Alkooheji, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company

Alba is set to become the largest single-site aluminium smelter in the world upon completion of Line 6.

When asked whether he expects the project to hit its Q1 2019 production target, Alkooheji responded: “I have no doubt. I think that Alba’s track record speaks for itself. The company has always been very disciplined in this respect.

“And let me tell you something else. When one of Mumtalakat’s companies puts a plan in place, we [monitor] it by the day – not the month,” he added. “If they say they will start production on a particular date, they usually deliver on that date. We may allow them a few extra hours, but not days.”

Established in 2006 to build and manage a diverse portfolio of assets for the kingdom, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company owns stakes in more than 50 commercial enterprises.

In addition to Alba, Mumtalakat’s construction-related interests include Bahrain Airport Company, Bahrain Real Estate Development (Edamah), Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain Company, and Southern Area Development.

To read Alkooheji’s full-length interview, check out issue 672 of Construction Week.

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