The first coke calcining plant in the Middle East will be commissioned in Bahrain next summer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) reported in its monthly newsletter received Thursday.
The $400-million project on the Gulf archipelago will turn out 450,000 tonnes of coke and also includes a desalination plant and a jetty facility upgrade.
Alba, which lost its place in March as the Middle East's largest aluminium producer to Dubai Aluminium (Dubal), is 77-percent owned by the Bahraini government, 20 percent by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund and three percent by the German group Breton Investments. – (AFP)
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