Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has signed a Long-Term Service Agreement (LTSA) with Mitsubishi Power, a power solution brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) to handle parts, repairs, and services for Alba’s new 680.9 megawatts (MW) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Block with Mitsubishi Power’s advanced J-series gas turbine technology.
Alba’s signing of the agreement comes on the heels of its new deal with Mitsubishi Power and SEPCOIII to design, engineer, procure, construct, and commission a new Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Block as part of the expansion of Alba’s Power Station 5.
Khalid Salem, President of Middle East & Africa at Mitsubishi Power said in a press release that the agreement was the next step in a long partnership between the two firms.
“As part of our growing partnership with Alba, Mitsubishi Power is proud to support Alba with this long-term service agreement for the new Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Block 4 in Power Station 5, which we were awarded earlier this year.”
“We are committed to support Alba in providing and ensuring reliable and efficient power supply, while continuously enhancing operational excellence and productivity as well as reducing operating and fuel costs to meet its commercial and environmental goals,” he concluded.
Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa noted the importance of the agreement to Alba’s continued goals.
“With commercial operations set to begin in Q4 2024, the LTSA will be essential to ensure Alba’s Block 4 providing uninterrupted, reliable power while supporting our long-term vision for sustainable and efficient Aluminium production.”
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is the world’s biggest aluminium smelter outside the People’s Republic of China. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2021 Alba’s smelter produced 1,561,222 metric tons of primary aluminium.