Outotec has agreed with Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (ALBA) on the design and delivery of anode rodding shop facility for ALBA's aluminium smelter expansion in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the contract price, but this is the largest order for Outotec in close to two years. The order has been booked in Outotec's 2017 first quarter order intake.

Outotec is to deliver fully equipped anode rodding shop as well as bath and butts material recycling facility. The scope of delivery includes process engineering, proprietary and other process equipment as well as procurement and construction. Once operational this will be the world's most modern rodding shop.

ALBA is now expanding their annual production capacity from about 971,000 metric tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes of aluminium. The smelter expansion is expected to become operational by January 2019.

"This order from ALBA further strengthens our reputation as a provider of high capacity rodding shops for the needs of increasingly large aluminium smelters. When delivering the entire rodding shop facility for ALBA's expansion project, we will ensure a high operational efficiency for our customer," says Kalle Härkki, President - Metals, Energy & Water business unit.