Aluminium Bahrain

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Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.
Public
Traded as LSEALBH
BHSEALBH
Industry Aluminium
Founded 1968 (Operations began in 1971)
Headquarters Askar, Bahrain
Area served
Middle East , North Africa, Asia, North America and Europe
Key people
  • Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa (Chairman)
  • Tim Murray (CEO)
  • Ali Al-Baqali (CFO)
  • Khalid A. Latif (CMO)
  • Amin Sultan (COO)
Products Standard ingots, rolling slabs, foundry alloy ingots, extrusion billets, T-Ingots, liquid metal, calcined coke
Revenue Decrease $1.789 billion (2016)
Decrease $129 million (2016)
Number of employees
2,650 (2016)
Website www.albasmelter.com

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C., or simply Alba, is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is one of the top largest aluminium producers in the world.[1] The company is based in Bahrain and 84% [2] of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals.

The company produces a range of aluminium products, which include billets, liquid metal, standard ingots, rolling slab, propertzi and others. About 50 per cent of Alba’s aluminium is sold to Bahrain’s downstream industry while the rest is exported to countries within the GCC, the Middle East, Europe, North America, Far-East and South Asia.[3]

In 2016, the company set an all time production record in its history with 971,420 metric tonnes.[4]

History[edit]

Alba was officially incorporated in 1968 and began operations in 1971 with an annual capacity of 120,000 metric tonnes per annum.[5] After modernisation and expansion works the smelter's capacity rose to 450,000 tonnes in 1992. In March 2005 Alba commissioned a new reduction line, Line 5, which increased the company's capacity to over 860,000 tonnes of aluminium. The maximum designed capacity of the smelter is around 1.2 million tonnes/year.

Ownership[edit]

The shareholders of Alba are Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (69.38%),[6] SABIC Investment Company (20.62%) and the General Public (10%).

The company went public in 2010, launched its first IPO, and was listed on the Bahrain Bourse and the London Stock Exchange, under the symbol "ALBH".[7]

Plant[edit]

The Alba plant comprises five reduction lines, two cast houses, a dedicated carbon plant, a 550,000 mtpa coke calcining plant, a water desalination plant, 11 fume treatment plants, a marine terminal, and a 2,249 MW ISO power plant, consisting of 4 power stations. The plant also features a 13 hectare oasis, with more than 15,000 trees and shrubs, a fruit and vegetable garden, and an artificial lake.

Product Range[edit]

Alba's production
Standard Ingots
Extrusion Billets

Aluminium Products[edit]

Standard Ingots[edit]

Standard ingots are ideal for downstream users who wish to re-melt this residual form of aluminium in their own furnaces, and then cast it to produce a variety of end products. Alba's production capacity of standard ingots stands at approximately 400,000 metric tonnes per annum.

Rolling Slabs[edit]

Sheet ingots, or rolling slabs, are used in rolling mills for manufacturing aluminium foil and sheet products. The total annual production capacity of rolling slabs currently stands at approximately 140,000 metric tonnes per annum.

Foundry Alloy Ingots[edit]

Foundry alloy ingots are mainly used by the automotive industry for manufacturing high quality automotive wheels, truck hubs and gas pump nozzles.

Extrusion Billets[edit]

Extrusion ingots are widely used in the construction industry (for windows and door frames), transportation, engineering, and consumer durables. Alba produces around 380,000 metric tonnes per annum of extrusion ingots.

Liquid Metal[edit]

The Liquid is supplied in liquid form to downstream industries in Bahrain and is transferred in crucibles. It takes 5 hours for the liquid metal to solidify.

Other Products[edit]

Calcined Coke[edit]

Alba is one of only two smelters in the world to have a dedicated coke calciner, its production capacity is nearly 550,000 metric tonnes per annum.

Anodes[edit]

Alba has three carbon plants that produce about 550,000 metric tonnes of anodes every year. Carbon anodes are produced from calcined petroleum coke and coal tar pitch.[8]

Power[edit]

With its four power stations having a total power generating capacity of 2,249 MW ISO, equavilant to the average power consumed in Bahrain as a whole, Alba's energy needs are fulfilled independently.

Water[edit]

Alba’s seawater desalination plant was commissioned in 2001. It utilises waste heat from the calcining process to generate steam for the production and supply of 41,000 cubic metres per day of potable water.

Environment Conservation[edit]

Alba has invested more than US$589 million [9] environmental conservation and earned international praise and recognition for being committed to implementing highest environmental standards across the organisation.

Since its inception, Alba has demonstrated its commitment towards Safety, Health and Environment; hence, it was honored with global, regional and local accolades. In 1997, Alba was awarded the United Nations Environment Protection (UNEP) Award, and in 2000, the Millennium Business Award for Environmental Achievement. In 2005, Alba was the only plant in the region to earn the GCC Prize for the Best Industrial Establishment that complies with Environmental Standards and Specifications.[10]

Nowadays, Alba is amongst the most reputed champions of workplace safety and health; it has numerous awards for its efforts towards maintaining a safe and healthy work environment -- 2016 Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA); Green World Award 2016 for Environmental Best Practice; 2015 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award by National Safety Council – USA; 2015 International Safety Award by British Safety Council; Gulf Aluminium Council’s 2014 Health & Safety Award under the Smelters Category; 2017 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award and the 2017 Significant Improvement Award by the National Safety Council (NSC) – USA.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 10 Aluminum-Producing Companies in 2010". BLOOMBERG L.P. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Facts & Figures about Alba". Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Facts & Figures about Alba". Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Alba achieves breakthrough record in production". Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Alba's Corporate Profile". Aluminium Bahrain. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.bmhc.bh/en/cd/17/1/aluminium-bahrain-bsc-alba.aspx
  7. ^ "Alba is given a welcome at the London Stock Exchange". Aluminium Bahrain. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Alba Products - Anodes". Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Safety, Health and Environment". Aluminium Bahrain. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Alba's awards and achievements". Aluminium Bahrain. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 

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