Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) announced that it’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, inaugurated the Company’s Marine Jetty Extension. The occasion marked the successful completion of the North Jetty, which was extended to accommodate bigger ships and receive more than 3 million metric tonnes of alumina per annum.

The projects aim was to upgrade the existing Marine facility and expand its capacity to meet the Company’s increased production following the commissioning of Reduction Line 6, which boosted Alba’s overall output by more than 50%.

As part of this project, the North Jetty at Alba’s Marine was extended by 24 metres to accommodate bigger ships such as 60,000 tonnes Panamax alumina vessels and be able to receive more than 3 million metric tonnes of alumina per annum. Moreover, the Jetty was equipped with a state-of-the-art Dual-Purpose Vacuum Ship-Unloader which will enable the Company to faster discharge its raw materials and gain additional days for routine maintenance work on site.

In addition to the upgrades made at the Jetty, a new 50,000-tonne alumina concrete storage silo was built at Alba’s Marine bringing the total alumina storage to 3 silos on-site with a total built-in capacity of 150,000 tonnes. A new Truck Loading Station was added on top of the existing one at the site. The Marine Terminal upgrades were necessary to be on the very top, meet Alba’s additional requirements and support the business operations round-the-clock.

The Marine Jetty extension project was constructed over a period of 2.5 years and maintained the highest safety standards by achieving 1.6 million safe working hours without a single loss time injury (LTI).

On this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, said:

“Today marks an important milestone, not only for our Marine Terminal but also for Alba… Alba will strengthen its competitiveness in the global Aluminium industry all the while support Bahrain Vision 2030. This expansion marks our commitment to secure importing additional raw materials following the successful completion of Line 6 Expansion Project in 2019 …with a built-in production capacity of more than 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum. I take the opportunity to thank each and every employee, contractor and partner for their contribution to the safe and successful completion of this project.”

Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors

Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al Baqali, added:

“We managed to finish the Jetty-upgrade and related facilities on time especially as our Marine Terminal never stopped its operations during the construction work. The basis for this success story goes to our team unique-capabilities and know-how in overseeing the upgrade all the while making sure that Marine Terminal continued to meet Alba’s requirements for smooth operations.”

Ali Al Baqali, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer

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