Aluminium Bahrain approaches 50% of Line 6's total capacity

Aluminium Bahrain approaches 50% of Line 6's total capacity
Line 6's output is expected to make Alba the world's largest aluminium smelter.
Published: 7 March 2019 - 9:45 a.m.
By: Oscar Rousseau

Work is rapidly progressing on Aluminium Bahrain's (Alba) Line 6 expansion project, with 172 smelting pots handed over for commissioning as of 1 March, 2019.

The development takes Alba closer to its goal of becoming the world's largest aluminium smelter.

By the time that the additional 172 pots are flared up, Alba will have commissioned a total of 212 pots, making up 50% of Line 6's capacity.

Chairman of Alba’s board of directors, HE Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, said Line 6's output will eventually boost company’s financial performance.

“We are pleased to announce that Potline 6 is now in full ramp-up mode with the handover of the next set of 172 pots for commissioning,” he said.

“We look forward to [seeing] the positive financial benefits that this additional capacity will bring to our bottom-line.”

The Line 6 expansion's financial impact may buoy Alba after it reported a 36% decline in profit for 2018, caused due to an alumina price spike in global markets.

This challenging macroeconomic climate was compounded by underperfoming sales figures, driving Alba to a loss worth $47m (BD17.5m) in Q4 2018.

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