Bechtel Leads Alba Potline 6 Project to First Hot Metal Production

15 December 2018

Alba, the Bahrain-based aluminum producer, announced that it has successfully produced the First Hot Metal on December 13 at its Potline 6 Expansion Project.

Potline 6, which is being executed by Bechtel as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor, will make Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) the world's largest aluminium smelter once at full production.  Adding 540,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) to Alba's capacity of 1,000,000 mtpa, this new 1.4-kilometer potline involves the construction of 424 pots in line 6, utilizing Emirates Global Aluminium's (EGA) proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology.

"We are very proud of this achievement. The Alba Potline 6 Project's 24-month schedule from Notice to Proceed (NTP) to First Hot Metal, or first aluminum, is six months faster than the industry standard. This is a world-class achievement for the Kingdom of Bahrain, Alba and Bechtel. This success was only made possible thanks to the very strong collaborative relationship Alba and Bechtel have formed," said Paige Wilson, President of Bechtel's Mining & Metals Global Business Unit.

Bechtel was appointed by Alba as the EPCM contractor with the responsibility to design and construct Potline 6 and support industrial services in April 2016 and received NTP in January 2017.

Potline 6 builds on a relationship between Alba and Bechtel that spans more than 25 years. Bechtel also previously served as EPCM contractor for the Line 4 and 5 expansions.

About Bechtel: Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we've completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

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