Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), one of the world’s largest Aluminium smelters, announced that it has awarded its Solar Farm Project towards Advanced United Systems (AUS) to install Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels over 37,000 m2 with a capacity of more than 6 Megawatts (MW).
The Solar Farm Project will consist of around 11,300 solar panels to be fixed on the rooftop of Alba car parks and some of its buildings to include the Spent Pot Lining Treatment (SPL) Plant. The Solar Farm Project will generate in the range of 10,539 MWHr per year and approximately 7,591,760 kilograms of carbon emissions would be reduced per year -- corresponding to a total reduction of 189,794,000 kilograms of carbon emissions over 25-year span.
Commenting on the importance of the Solar Panel Farm to Alba, Alba’s Chairman of the Board Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa stated:
“Sustainability is entrenched in our Vision, Mission, and Values; this Project is fully aligned with our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ambitions and our pledge to realise HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister’s objectives of Net Zero Emissions by 2060 as made during the 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
I trust that upon the completion of installing the solar panels, will see more environmentally responsible projects across the Kingdom to scale up the local clean energy generation and transition to a net-zero economy.”
Adding further, Alba’s CEO Ali Al Baqali stated: “Safety is first and foremost in Alba; that’s why we have engaged with Advanced United Systems to deliver this Project within 15 months.
I also take the opportunity to call upon all corporates to participate in the energy transition revolution that is taking shape in the Kingdom so together we contribute to Bahrain’s aspirations of Net Zero Emissions by 2060.”
The Solar Farm Project is one of the many initiatives under Alba’s ESG Roadmap as the Company journeys to further sustainable value for its people and society.
About Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)
[Ticker: ALBH] - At plus-1.6 million metric tonnes per annum (2022), Alba is one of the world’s largest Aluminium smelters with more than 50 years of excellence in Operations, Safety, Environment and Socio-Economic Development.
A blue-chip asset of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Alba completed five decades of commercial operations in May 2021. The Company marked its Golden Jubilee by breaking all its previous records in Safety and topped 30 million Safe working-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) on 01 September 2022 for the first-time in its history.
Alba produces high-quality Aluminium products in the form of Standard and Value-Added Products (VAP)s, which are exported to more than 240 global customers through its sales offices in Europe (Zurich), Asia (Hong Kong & Singapore) and subsidiary office in the U.S. Alba is dual listed on Bahrain Bourse and London Stock Exchange and its shareholders are Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company B.S.C. © (69.38%), SABIC Industrial Investments Company (SIIC) (20.62%) and General Public (10%). Alba holds globally-recognised certifications such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 45001, IATF 16949:2016, ISO 22301:2012 Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) and ASI Performance Standard Certification and Ecovadis Certification.
As the first Aluminium smelter in the Middle East, Alba has been a major contributor to the social, industrial, and economic development of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Alba sits at the heart of a thriving Aluminium downstream sector in Bahrain, which accounts for approximately 12% of the Kingdom's GDP. As one of the biggest national companies, Alba has ensured not only the employment of Bahrain nationals (84% in 2021) but also the enhancement of their capabilities through education, training, and development initiatives at every stage of their career.
Alba is recognised as one of the top industrial companies in the world with high standards in Environment practices, Social contribution and Corporate Governance. Launched in February 2022, the Company’s ESG Roadmap outlines 6 priority areas - (1) Decarbonisation, (2) Green Energy & Aluminium, (3) Circular Economy & Secondary Aluminium, (4) Employee Welfare, (5) Collaboration & Partnership and (6) Transparency, Communications & Due Diligence. Since its inception, Alba has invested into numerous environment, sustainable and socio-economic development projects that have had a positive impact on the society. Alba’s recent projects such as the first-of-its-kind US$37.5 million zero-waste Spent Pot Lining Treatment Plant and the upcoming 5-7 MW Solar Farm Project are tangible efforts to meet the goals of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 as well as the Net Zero Carbon targets led by HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain. Alba will play a crucial role in the upcoming Aluminium Downstream Park, which will increase the contribution of non-oil sectors to the GDP of Bahrain.
Alba’s motto ‘Safety First, Safety Always’ has ensured that the Safety and well-being of its employees and contractors’ workforce remain a top priority. The Company has been recognised internationally for its excellent Safety and Health track record with awards such as the RoSPA Gold Award (9 years in a row) and International Safety Award with Merit from British Safety Council, as well as six major National Safety Council (NSC) USA awards for 2021. Alba has also been recognised for its initiatives to produce Aluminium responsibly through awards such as Top ESG performer in Bahrain by ESG Invest, Safeguard Label from Bureau Veritas and Best Corporate Governance Award by Ethical Boardroom.
Alba Power Station 5 Block 4 Expansion Project
Alba Power Station 5 (PS5) Block 4 is a Combined Cycle Power Plant that is an expansion of the existing PS5.
PS5 Block 4 Project is the addition of a fourth Block of similar 1:1:1 configuration with J-class gas turbine technology and with minimum nominal ISO rating of a 680.9 MW and includes tie into the existing 220kV Substation. The efficiency of this combined cycle power plant is much higher than the combined cycle power plants of PS3 and PS4. On completion of PS5 Block 4 Expansion Project, the nameplate capacity of PS5 will increase from 1,800 MW to 2,481 MW.
Mitsubishi Power & SEPCOIII consortium will be responsible to design, engineer, procure, construct and commission Block 4. PS5 Block 4 commercial operations are expected to begin in Q4 2024.
Alba External Grievance Mechanism
Alba’s External Grievance Mechanism receives and facilitates the resolution of any affected communities’ concerns and grievances about Alba’s Environment and Social (E&S) performance. External grievances about Alba’s E&S performance can be logged via the Alba Integrity Line - an independently operated confidential reporting hotline in multiple languages - via a toll-free phone system or via the intranet 24 hours a day.
Alba Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Alba’s response strategy to COVID-19 was initiated back to January 2020 in line with the guidelines of Bahrain National Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Company was able to maintain safe operations throughout 2021 thanks to its nimble workforce – employees and contractors’ personnel.
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