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'TRANSFORMATIONAL YEAR'

Ali Al Baqali

Alba production, sales jump over 50pc

MANAMA, 29 days ago

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), on course to become the world’s largest aluminium smelter with Line 6 expansion, reported a sales volume of 376,025 metric tonnes (mt) in the third quarter of this year, versus 248,970mt for the same period in 2018, an increase of 51 per cent year-on-year (YoY).
 
Production topped 385,396mt, up by 53% YoY, versus 251,472 mt in Q3 2018, Alba said.  
 
For the nine months of 2019, Alba reported sales volume of 945,067mt, up by 26%, compared to 750,202mt for the same period in 2018, while production rose by 26% YoY to finish at 963,830mt for the nine months of 2019 versus 762,952mt for the same period in 2018. 
 
Acting CEO Ali Al Baqali commented: “With the double-digit growth in our production and sales volumes, we are set for a strong finish in 2019. This year is proving to be a transformational one for Alba as we will produce 1,350,000mt for the first time in history and deliver Line 6 into commercial operations.”  
 
Starting-out as a 120,000mt per annum smelter in 1971, Alba’s production for 2018 stood at plus-1 million metric tonnes. Alba’s product portfolio comprises high-grade aluminium and value-added products that include standard and T-ingots, extrusion billets, rolling slabs, properzi ingots and molten aluminium. The company is well-known for its strong safety culture, employee development and work culture for value-creation and sustainable operations. 
 
Line 6 Expansion Project
Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project will make Alba the world’s largest aluminium smelter. It’s one of the biggest brownfield developments in the Middle East region. With a Capex of approximately $3 billion, the Line 6 Expansion Project involves the construction of a sixth pot line using EGA’s proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology, a 1,792 MW Power Station (Power Station 5) utilising the world’s first H-class General Electric (GE) 9HA Gas Turbine (GT) and other industrial services. 
 
Alba Potline 6 was commissioned on December 13, 2018, ahead of schedule, with the delivery of the First Hot Metal. Line 6 Expansion Project progress has been fast-paced since then with successfully starting 212 pots, which is equivalent to 50% of Potline 6 total capacity. Alba is now looking at the safe commissioning of the remaining 212 pots. - TradeArabia News Service



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