Bahrain’s $3bn Alba Line 6 to create 500 permanent, direct jobs

Aluminium Bahrain’s Line 6 expansion will create 500 direct, permanent jobs, and between 2,000 and 3,000 people are expected to work on the $3bn project’s construction

Mumtalakats Mahmood Alkooheji (above) expects Albas Line 6 expansion to result in 500 direct, permanent jobs.
Mumtalakats Mahmood Alkooheji (above) expects Albas Line 6 expansion to result in 500 direct, permanent jobs.

Aluminium Bahrain’s (Alba) $3bn (BHD1.1bn) Line 6 expansion project will create approximately 500 direct, permanent jobs.

This is the view of Mahmood Alkooheji, chief executive officer of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, who told Construction Week that between 2,000 and 3,000 people are expected to facilitate the new pot line’s construction.

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

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

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

“Alba’s growth has led to significant expansion in the downstream sector, creating more jobs with lower levels of required investment,” said Alkooheji. “I think that this is an achievement that a lot of people [do not recognise]. Elsewhere, raw metal [tends to be] shipped to other countries, whereas here, approximately 50% is used locally.

“What’s more, the development of Alba’s Line 6 is expected to add approximately 500 permanent, direct jobs,” he added. “During construction, we expect between 2,000 and 3,000 people to work on the project. And all of these works are taking place without any interruption to the facility’s ongoing production activities.”

US-headquartered Bechtel has been appointed as the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor for Alba’s Line 6 project.

Main construction works commenced last year, and the new pot line is expected to begin production activities in Q1 2019.

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

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