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GE turbine picked for Alba's 1.8GW power station in Bahrain

The GE 9HA GT system is expected to support "sustainable power generation" at Power Station 5, being developed by GE and Gama, as part of Alba's Line 6 Expansion Project

GE and Gama are working on Alba's PS 5 within the Line 6 Expansion Project [image: gama.com.tr].
GE and Gama are working on Alba's PS 5 within the Line 6 Expansion Project [image: gama.com.tr].

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) announced that it has selected a gas turbine (GT) manufactured by General Electric (GE) for its Power Station (PS) 5. 

PS 5 is a part of Alba's $3bn (BHD1.1bn) Line 6 Expansion project. 

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

The H-class GE 9HA GT would support "sustainable power generation" activities at the PS, Alba said in a statement. 

Alba’s PS 5 is a 1.8 gigawatt (1,792 megawatt) combined cycle GT power plant, with an efficiency of 54%.

A consortium of GE and Gama is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for PS 5, with GE providing three 9HA gas turbines, three steam turbines, and three high recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the project. 

Meanwhile, Gama Power Systems is responsible for engineering and procurement of all balance of plant (BOP) systems and overall construction works, according to the Turkish company's website.

Commenting on the selection of GE's systems, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, chairman of Alba, said: "The Line 6 Expansion Project is our pride.

"This project will be transformational as it will raise the bar for sustainability in the global aluminium industry by using cutting-edge technology, both for Potline 6 and the power expansion project.

"The successful installation of the GE 9HA GT is a significant milestone for Alba, and underlines our commitment to environment preservation and sustainable development."

GE and Gama were awarded the project contract in August 2016.

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