Gas turbine for Alba ready to be shipped

A first-of-its-kind gas turbine built in Japan is ready to be shipped to Bahrain for Alba’s Power Station 5 (PS5) Block 4 Project.

This was announced by Alba chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa after his recent field tour to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)’s Takasago Machinery Works and Hydrogen Park, in Hyogo Prefecture Japan.

He led Alba’s delegation, comprising chief executive Ali Al Baqali and chief power officer Amin Sultan, in this visit to Japan, which also included a stopover to MHI’s headquarters in Tokyo to discuss matters of mutual interest to include Block 4 of Power Station 5 as well as potential areas of collaboration such as sustainable technologies that are currently part of MHI’s portfolios and its power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Power.

“We are pleased with the on-schedule progress of the $265 million PS5 Block 4 Expansion Project, which once completed in Q4 2024, will be a turnaround in Alba’s ESG journey as it will reduce our overall GHG emissions, thus setting the benchmark in terms of sustainable and efficient power generation in the aluminium industry,” said Shaikh Daij.

“We are also proud to have achieved a safety record of 712,790 safe working hours without lost time injury (as of Sunday) on this project.”

Alba’s PS5 Block 4 Expansion Project is the addition of a fourth block of similar 1:1:1 configuration with 680.9 megawatts (MW) M701JAC Gas Turbine Combined Cycle and includes tie into the existing 220kV Substation.

Once operational in Q4 2024, Block 4 will increase the nameplate capacity of PS5 Complex from 1,800MW to 2,481MW and reduce its overall GHG emissions intensity ratio by 0.5x, thus supporting the company in its race to decarbonisation.




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