Alba commissions FCN Project

Alba has commissioned the Forced Cooling Network (FCN) Project at Potlines 4 and 5.

Managed in-house by the Operations and Engineering teams, the FCN Project has enabled Alba to creep-up the amperage to 410 kA in Potlines 4 and 5 which would ultimately lead to increasing Alba’s production capacity by approximately 17,000 metric tonnes per annum.

The smelter organised a ceremony yesterday to mark the commissioning with Alba chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, chief executive Ali Al Baqali, executives, offcials and team members in attendance.

Commenting, Shaikh Daij said: “By chasing operational efficiency, we will attain excellence as we journey to the future. Devised as a focus area within Alba’s 5-year business strategy, the FCN Project started as one step outside our comfort zone since it was executed while Potlines 4 and 5 were fully operational – and that speaks volumes about the technical and operational expertise of our people.”

Detail engineering on the FCN Project started in August 2021 while the manufacture and installation started in March 2022.

The project was executed with an impressive 478,000 manhours worked on site without a single lost time injury.

“We are pleased to commission FCN Project simultaneously in Potlines 4 and 5 on time and within budget,” said Mr Al Baqali.

“Action expresses priorities and the key is to schedule our priorities right. I take the opportunity to thank our teams for this exceptional teamwork and for delivering this project safely without any disruptions to our ongoing operations.”




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