Alba: Potline 6 'fastest expansion project to be commissioned'

Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa says Alba commissioned Potline 6 within 23 months, compared to an average of 30

Alba commissioned Potline 6 in 24 months.
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Alba commissioned Potline 6 in 24 months.

Bahrain Bourse-listed Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the world’s largest smelter outside China, commissioned its Potline 6 within 23 months, becoming one of the fastest expansion projects to be ever commissioned in the aluminium industry, according to the company’s chairman of the board of directors, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa.

Al Khalifa said that on an average projects, similar to Potline 6, ideally takes an average of 30 months to be commissioned.

He added: “We are also very pleased to have completed Line 6 construction with a CAPEX less than $4,000 per metric tonne of aluminium produced, which is lower than the average CAPEX of other projects in the industry.”

In a statement the smelter said that selected pots in Potline 6 passed the final performance tests, with results exceeding the guarantees under the Technology Transfer Agreement between Alba and the UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), touted as the world’s largest producer of premium aluminium.

Earlier this week, EGA said that it provided Potline 6 with its aluminium smelting technology under the Technology Transfer Agreement.

Alba chose EGA’s DX+ technology for Line 6 Bankable Feasibility Study in 2014, and upgraded to EGA’s DX+ Ultra Technology in February 2016. Alba selected DX+ Ultra Technology for Potline 6 to boost its metal production.

Speaking about the performance tests, acting chief executive officer of Alba, Ali Al Baqali said that Alba tea, has set “a new benchmark for potline start-up in the industry” as the company managed to start nearly 4.5 pots per day and reached “a peak of 8 pots per day” during the course.

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