Officials from both the companies celebrate the fabrication of 427 pot shells

Officials from both the companies celebrate the fabrication of 427 pot shells

Alba achieves 427 pot shells milestone

June 2018

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s leading aluminium smelters in the world, announced the major milestone of having completed the successful fabrication of 427 pot shells as part of the Line 6 expansion project.

Alba chief executive officer, Tim Murray, paid a visit to Ahmed Mansoor Al Aali (AMA Group), one of the major Bahraini contractors for the project, to celebrate the achievement.

AMA Group was awarded the contract to manufacture 427 pot shells (each weighing 44 metric tonnes) with the delivery aligned as per construction schedule, said a statement from Alba.

With a capital expenditure of approximately $3 billion, the Line 6 expansion project involves the construction of a sixth pot line utilising Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)’s proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology, a 1,792 MW power station (Power Station 5) and other industrial services.

Bechtel is the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor for the project. For Power Station 5 (PS 5), GE and GAMA Consortium was awarded the EPC contract, while Siemens is the power distribution system contractor.

Commenting on the pot shells fabrication, Murray said: “AMA Group expertise was fundamental to complete the fabrication of pot shells safely and ahead of time.”

“This achievement is a milestone for us as we bring to close the construction and delivery of Line 6 expansion project,” he added.

Murray was accompanied by Line 6 project director Shawqi Al Hashmi and a delegation of Line 6 owners’ team and managers from Bechtel.

Alba’s Line 6 expansion project is one of the largest brownfield developments in the region. Expected to begin production by January 1, the project will boost the smelter’s per-annum production by 540,000 metric tonnes, bringing its total production capacity to 1.5 million metric tonnes per year.

As of April 30, 2018, Line 6 smelter’s overall progress exceeded 54 per cent (engineering progressed by more than 86 per cent while contracts and procurement advanced by 92 per cent); Power Station 5 and power distribution system overall progress exceeded 59 per cent and 87 per cent respectively.

Earlier, the Bahrain based smelter’s casthouse successfully achieved the Automotive Quality Management System - IATF 16949: 2016 standard, one of the most challenging and demanding standards in the Management System Certification for the automotive sector in the world.

With this endorsement, Alba has become the first and only IATF 16949-certified organisation in Bahrain.

Chief marketing officer Khalid Abdul Latif, director of casthouse Abdul Rasool Ahmed A Rasool and manager casthouse operations Hussain Al Malali were presented with the certificate early lastmonth in Dubai.

Commenting on the achievement, Murray said: “The IATF-16949 quality certification is a significant milestone in our 45 years-plus experience. We are proud to have nailed this certification as it will give Alba a paradigm shift and firmly establishes our compliance to the strictest quality assurance system in the world.”

“With Line 6 expansion project due to start its operations in 2019, this certification gives us a solid edge while offering greater value for our customers in the fast-growing automotive market,” stated Murray.

Alba said IATF 16949 was one of the most widely used international standards in automotive industry and also a precondition to supply for most automotive manufacturers and their direct suppliers across Europe and North America.

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