Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, has signed Australian-based Regain as the technology partner for its Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant.

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa on 20 November 2019 and Regain’s Managing Director Bernie Cooper, Strategic Consultant Frank Briganti as well as Alba Executives - Chief Operations Officer Dr. Abdulla Habib, Chief Admin and Supply Officer Waleed Tamimi, Chief Financial Officer Bryan Harris, Director Safety, Health & Environment Moh’d Khalil along with other Alba officials.

Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij said: “Alba Spent Pot Lining Treatment Plant is about ‘pioneering the future’. As Bahrain’s leading industrial company, we aim to be fully aligned with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and are committed to advancing sustainable initiatives that will benefit Bahrain and our Company.

We also believe in collaborating with companies that help us innovate and grow, and are truly pleased to have partnered with Regain for a sustainable and cost-effective solution for the treatment of SPL.”

Alba announced the establishment of the first-of-its-kind SPL Treatment Plant in the GCC and Bahrain in September 2019. The SPL Treatment Plant - expected to be operational by Q1 2021 - is in collaboration with Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) and is a zero-waste process with a capacity to treat 30,000 - 35,000 tonnes of SPL a year then convert it to value- product. The estimated budget for establishing the SPL treatment Plant is close to US$ 44 million.

Regain’s Managing Director Bernie Cooper commented:

“Alba has provided the vision and has the scale of operation to enable a world-class SPL solution. The SPL Treatment Plant to be established in Bahrain will set new global benchmarks in terms of environmental sustainability and economics for transforming SPL into value-added products. Alba is to be congratulated on this initiative. Regain is pleased to be providing SPL technology and to be working with Alba to bring the vision of a world-class SPL solution to reality.”

Regain’s proprietary technology not only provides process technology to transform SPL into valuable products but also a complete recycling solution to realise significant environmental and economic gains. Since 2002, Regain has treated more than 370,000 tonnes of SPL from smelters in Australia owned and operated by major aluminium producers.