|20 January, 2020

Alba successfully achieves ASI Performance Certification

Alba is the second Gulf-based aluminium smelter to have achieved this Certification, which covers both the Smelter site as well as the Calciner plant.

Albarsquo;s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali

Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, announced today, 20 January 2020 that it has successfully achieved Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Certification for its commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance performance.

Alba is the second Gulf-based aluminium smelter to have achieved this Certification, which covers both the Smelter site as well as the Calciner plant. Following an independent and rigorous audit process, Alba was successfully certified against ASI’s Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said:

“Green Aluminium is the future. The ASI Certification is a key milestone in our never-ending sustainability journey and recognizes our diligent commitment to produce aluminium responsibly and sustainably.

The ASI Certification will give Alba a competitive edge as we seek to offer greater and sustainable Value-Added Products as we qualify for new customers with Line 6 metal ramp-up.”

In February 2019, Alba was certified as a Production and Transformation member of the ASI.

The ASI is a global, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain.

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About Alba

Bahrain was the first country in the Arab region to start an aluminium smelter. Starting-out as a 120,000 metric tonne per annum (mtpa) smelter in 1971, Alba today is a 1-plus million-metric tonnes smelter. Alba’s product portfolio comprises high-grade aluminium and Value-Added Products that include standard and T-ingots, extrusion billets, rolling slabs, properzi ingots and molten aluminium

Alba is listed on both the Bahrain Bourse and London Stock Exchange, and the Company’s shareholders are Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (69.38%), SABIC Industrial Investment Company (20.62%) and the General Public (10%).

Entering its fifth decade of commercial operations, Alba is rightly regarded as a pioneer in the industrial history of both - the Gulf region and Bahrain - carving an enviable reputation in Safety, Employee Development and sustainable operations. 

About Line 6 Expansion Project

Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project was inaugurated by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain on 24 November 2019. Line 6 Expansion Project has made Alba the world’s largest smelter ex-China. Potline 6 will boost Alba’s per-annum production by 540,000 metric tonnes, bringing Alba’s total production capacity to 1.54 million metric tonnes per year.

With a CAPEX of approximately US$3 billion, the Line 6 Expansion Project was the largest brownfield expansion in the region. The Project comprised: construction of sixth pot line utilising EGA’s proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology, a 1,792 MW Power Station (Power Station 5) and other industrial services.

Bechtel was the EPCM contractor for the Line 6 Expansion Project smelter. For Power Station 5 (PS5), GE and GAMA Consortium was awarded the EPC contract, while Siemens was the Power Distribution System contractor.

Alba started 106 pots in Line 6 on 26 March 2019 followed by another 106 pots on 18 April 2019. Alba Potline 6 was commissioned on 13 December 2018 with the delivery of the First Hot Metal ahead of its schedule. Alba also announced an achieved savings of more than US$370 million in the execution of Potline 6 – corresponding to 16% savings of its allotted budget.

The Line 6 Expansion Project achieved a total of 60,893,000 working-hours without Lost Time Injury as on 21 November 2019.

One of Bahrain’s flagship asset, the Line 6 Expansion Project will be transformational to Bahrain and its people. Alba will continue to focus on the local and regional downstream cluster and seek opportunities to contribute further to the economic diversification of the Kingdom.

Alba External Grievance Mechanism

Alba, in line with the Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank affiliated lending organisation, has launched its External Grievance Mechanism to receive and facilitate the resolution of the 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, every day. 

For further details, please contact:
Eline Hilal
Senior Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Secretary
Investor Relations Department
Tel:         (973) 1783 5100
E-mail:    eline.hilal@alba.com.bh
Website: www.albasmelter.com  

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