MANAMA: Alba has successfully completed the Pot Lines 1 and 2 Rectiformer Replacement project.
The project is considered to be one of the first brown field projects of this magnitude anywhere in the world
The entire project - managed by Alba Power Project Department with their primary contractor Alstom Grid SAS - was completed with more than one million work hours without a single Lost Time Injury (LTI).
Alba's chief executive Tim Murray complimented the project team on this achievement during a ceremony held at the Alba Club.
The new units were custom-made for Alba by Alstom Grid SAS.
They are packed with 30 per cent higher capacity equipment while some units are being installed with cross-connection facilities to provide additional back-up power to Pot Lines 1 - 3.
"The completion of this project will secure continued supply of power to Pot Lines 1 to 3, and thus, accommodate the recent increase in metal production, and also, the planned growth in productivity at the plant," said Alba power station director Amin Sultan.
"The team faced severe challenges during the project execution phase and yet were able to complete the entire project without a single LTI.
"I would like to congratulate the staff for this accomplishment, and for demonstrating that placing safety as a priority does produce results."
Alba contracted Alstom Grid for the replacement of the Pot Lines 1 and 2 rectiformers in mid-2008.
The project involved the replacement of 10 rectifiers that are responsible for providing power supply to Pot Lines 1
It took nearly five years for Alstom Grid to manufacture and install 10 units, that is, five for each pot line.
The project objectives were accomplished without major interruptions to production from the two pot lines.