Alba contracts Bechtel to manage expansion scheme
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has appointed Bechtel as their Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management (EPCM) Contractor for its Line 5 Smelter Project. Due for completion in February 2005, the $1.7 billion investment will expand Alba's annual production by 307,000 tons per annum.
Bechtel will manage various contracts and procurements of the Line 5 smelter to meet the program and budget targets agreed between the two parties. The completion of the Line 5 Project will position Alba as the largest smelter in the world outside of Eastern Europe.
The expansion will create an estimated 500 jobs and will include a new power station, carbon, casthouse and other facilities. The Line 5 Project is in line with Alba’s recently approved expansion scheme. In line with its Five-Year Business Plan, the initiative will increase Alba's coke calcining plant capacity, upgrade casting facilities, introduce a new pot removal crane system for Lines 1-3 and automate the monitoring of environmental emissions from the Reduction Lines.
Alba is a 520,000-ton per annum aluminium smelter. As well as its reduction lines and casthouses, the company has a carbon department and a 1,500-megawatt power plant. A 450,000-ton per annum coke calcining plant is also in operation at the company's marine terminal. — (menareport.com)
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