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Bahrain's Alba posts five million LTI-free man-hours in safety milestone

CEO Tim Murray says developer of Bahrain's Line 6 megaproject is targeting greater safety during the summer months

Alba is developing the Line 6 expansion project.
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Alba is developing the Line 6 expansion project.

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) – the manufacturer that plans to become the world's largest smelter following the full operational commencement of its Line 6 expansion project – has hit a safety milestone after achieving five million working-hours without lost-time injury (LTI) as of 30 April, 2019.

The announcement comes days after Alba announced a construction milestone on Line 6, starting an additional 106 pots of the line by 18 April. The new pots are equivalent to 50% of the project’s total capacity.

Commenting on the health and safety record, Alba chief executive officer, Tim Murray, said: “As we approach the hot summer months, we have to prepare well and step-up our efforts to ensure that safety is always a priority.

“With extreme preparation and mutual commitment, we will go beyond the five million working-hours and set a new benchmark in safety.”

The announcement comes amid a busy period for the Bahraini smelter.

Alba plans to complete Line 6's expansion by Q3 2019, with American contracting giant Bechtel working as the project's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor. 

Bechtel is also tasked with the design and construction of the potline, as well as the provision of support industrial services as part of its contract.

A consortium of GE and Gama is delivering EPC services for Alba’s Power Station 5 (PS5), a crucial part of the wider Line 6 expansion project.

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