Alba’s SPL treatment plant work 42% completed

Alba TRME 5 newsThe Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant of Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba) has advanced by 42% and achieved more than 178,000 safe working-hours without loss time injury (LTI)

Officials from Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba), Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT) paid an inspection visit to the construction site of Alba’s Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant, the first of its kind in the GCC and the Middle East, on Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Built over 26,000 sq m with annual capacity of 35,000 tonnes of SPL, the Alba’s SPL Treatment Plant commenced construction in 2019 and is expected to start up by Q2 2021. 

This Project is in line with Bahrain’s National Waste Management Strategy led by His Highness Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Personal Representative of His Majesty King of Bahrain and President of the Supreme Council for Environment. The project aims to provide a value-creating and sustainable solution to treat SPL with ensuring zero-waste.

Alba’s CEO Ali Al Baqali said, “The Spent Pot Lining Plant construction is in full swing and we are pleased with the progress we have achieved so far as that will bring us closer to realise our vision in setting the benchmark in terms of sustainability and waste management. I take the opportunity to thank MOICT for their continuous support in this journey and SCE for helping us to address one of the key environmental issues for our industry.”

The CEO of SCE Dr Bin Dainah added, “SCE is proud to have such partnership with Alba, which has resulted into this key strategic project that underlines the Kingdom’s efforts towards achieving sustainable development goals.”

Dr Bin Dainah commented, “Bahrain is about to become home to the first plant in the region to treat this type of waste. This reaffirms the kingdom’s reputation as one of the leading countries to achieve balance between increased production and environment friendly processes, in addition to having the largest smelter in the world ex-China, which is a source of pride for the entire nation. Transforming 100% of the treated SPL to raw materials for other industries in Bahrain will enhance the success of this project, and we shall all collaborate towards achieving this goal.”

Eman Ahmed Al Doseri, undersecretary of Commerce Affairs at the MOICT, noted, “The Ministry is committed to supporting local companies in developing the industrial sector in Bahrain, which will in turn increase their contribution to the GDP. This is achieved through facilitating the development projects and adopting the most advanced technologies in order to enhance their productivity and set the example in terms of sustainable and environment friendly initiatives.”

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