Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) announced last week the completion of its artificial intelligence program Green Anode Density Prediction, developed in conjunction with the Nasser Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Centre.
The project involves an artificial intelligence model that predicts green anode density based on process variables. It also features a dashboard that allows users to enter the values of process parameters and get the predicted density. This aids users to optimize the process as well as helping to achieve the desired density of green anodes.
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al Baqali, said in a press release that artificial intelligence represents an important next step in the development of better data and better decisionmaking.
“We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa for driving the transformation towards AI in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Nasser Artificial Intelligence Research & Development Centre for selecting Alba to be amongst the first industrial companies in Bahrain for such collaboration.”
“Artificial Intelligence is a tool we want to adopt as without it, we won’t be able to advance and disrupt the norms in our business,” he continued. “We believe that the choices which we make today will simply give us more data about what to do next.”
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 2022 Alba’s smelter produced 1,600,111 metric tons of primary aluminium.