Alba marine facility upgraded

 An extension of the marine jetty and additional raw materials’ storage facilities have been inaugurated at Alba by the company chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday.

The ceremony attended by Alba chief executive Ali Al Baqali and other officials marked the completion of a master project that aimed to upgrade the existing marine facility and expand its capacity to meet increased production following the commissioning of reduction line 6, which boosted overall output by more than 50 per cent.

As part of the 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, and a new truck loading station was added on top of the existing one at the site. The 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).

Commenting, Shaikh Daij said: “This expansion marks our commitment to secure importing additional raw materials following the completion of line 6 expansion in 2019 which has made Alba the largest smelter in the world ex-China with a built-in production capacity of more than 1.5m metric tonnes per annum.”




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