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Alba awards EPC contract for new block at Power Station 5

Alba, the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, is on course to start the construction works for its fourth additional block in Power Station 5 with commercial operations set to begin in Q4-2024.

The announcement by Alba chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa follows the signing a full turnkey contract with Mitsubishi Power, a power solution brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and SEPCO III consortium to expand Power Station 5 at the smelter, adding a new 680.9 megawatts (MW) combined cycle gas turbine power block.

Under the terms of the contract, Mitsubishi Power & SEPCO III consortium will be responsible to design, engineer, procure, construct and commission the power block. Mitsubishi Power will supply a combined cycle power plant, which comprises of M701JAC gas turbine, an air-cooled version of J-series gas turbines and a steam turbine.

To meet future decarbonisation needs globally, JAC gas turbines are capable of using up to 30 per cent hydrogen fuel by volume, to reach 100pc hydrogen fuel in the future with minimal existing infrastructure modification.

Shaikh Daij said: “We are thrilled to add a fourth block into power station 5 to bring its power output to more than 2.4 gigawatts (GW). Investing in efficient gas turbine, our latest ambitious power project, will accelerate our ESG transition and enable Alba to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as we embrace Bahrain’s objectives to reach net zero by 2060.

“We are also excited to partner with Mitsubishi Power & SEPCO III consortium, and we look forward to achieving all milestones together and as per schedule.”

Mitsubishi Power will further leverage decades of experience and innovation to build and supply the power technology, including the gas turbine, steam turbine, generators, and auxiliaries, in addition to providing technical support, with commercial operations set to begin in Q4-2024.




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