Alba’s 5th Potline celebrates significant milestone

Published February 9th, 2005 - 01:33 GMT

Alba’s new 5th potline recently witnessed the feeding of the first Alumina into the Potline’s north Alumina Silo. This event marks another preparatory phase and a significant landmark as the project approaches the Potline start-up in March 2005. The feeding of the first Alumina was celebrated with an on-site event and was attended by the Line 5 Project Team and members of the Alba Executive Team.


The fresh Alumina was transported from Alba’s Marine Terminal to the Line 5 Smelter by 4 new trucks. The fresh Alumina was fed into the 12,500 tonne Alumina Silo by the Fresh Alumina Handling System and it will be kept in storage until the plant startup. This milestone was completed within schedule and with safety as a top priority.


Once the Line 5 plant is fully operational, the new Reduction Line will require 68 tonnes of fluorinated Alumina per hour to produce the anticipated aluminium quantities. “The feeding of the first Alumina is a major step for the Line 5 Project as this signifies that the preparations for the Line 5 startup are close to completion” commented Ahmed M. Saleh, Line 5’s Manager for the Reduction Line.

“I would like to thank the Line 5 Reduction Team and the contractors for their hard work and effort in achieving such a milestone safely and within schedule.” continued Saleh.


Alesa Alcan is the main designer of the Fresh Alumina Handling System and the Alumina Silo. 


The 5th potline is constructed with the Alcan - Pechiney's AP-30 technology and Bechtel are the EPCM contractor. Upon its completion, the Line 5 will be the world's longest AP-30 pot room with 336 pot cells.

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