MANAMA: Alba has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with General Electric (GE) whereby the latter will initiate a technical and commercial feasibility study to implement a fourth combined cycle gas turbine block using GE 9HA technology in Alba’s Power Station 5.
The addition of fourth block of GE 9HA GT at PS 5 will further increase the power efficiency and output of PS 5.
The signing ceremony for the MoU was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.
The ceremony was held during a reception last week organised by the Economic Development Board in collaboration with American Chamber of Commerce and the US-Bahrain Business Council in Washington DC.
Other cross-sector trade agreements were also signed between Bahrain and US companies during the event.
The MoU was signed by Alba’s chief executive Tim Murray and GE chief financial officer Todd Smith.
“We are proud that Alba is transforming power generation in the aluminium smelting industry by becoming the first smelter in the world to install the GE 9HA technology at PS 5,” said Mr Murray.
“This cutting-edge technology will further align us with the goals of Vision 2030. Alba’s partnership with GE through this MoU will strengthen our position as an environmentally responsible smelter.”
GE and GAMA Consortium is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor for its Power Station 5.