Manama: Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the Bahrain-based leading international aluminium smelter, has appointed International Bechtel Company Limited (Bechtel) as the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor for its landmark Line 6 expansion project.
Under the terms of the contract, Bechtel will be responsible for the design and construction of the sixth potline as well as support industrial services.
Alba will be the world’s largest single-site aluminium smelter upon completion of the Line 6 expansion project, which will boost its production by 540,000 tonnes per annum (mtpa) bringing Alba’s total production capacity to 1,500,000 mtpa.
“The appointment of Bechtel is a step forward towards delivering the Line 6 expansion project, which is a significant milestone for Bahrain. Alba and Bechtel have a history that spans over 25 years, and we are confident that Bechtel will deliver excellence at all times,” Alba chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa said.
Bechtel president for mining and metals Shaun Kenny said: “Our shared values of safety and quality, high expectations and pride in achievement have underpinned project success since our first engagement with Alba over 25 years ago, to our most recent, the completion of Line 5 in 2005.”
“When Alba added Line 5, it was at that time the world’s longest potline. We are proud to be working with Alba again to add Line 6, to make Alba the largest single site smelter in the world and mark another world class achievement for Bahrain, Alba and Bechtel,” he said.